Tigers offer Millington one-year deal – but forward heads for open market

Castleford Tigers have offered Grant Millington a new one-year contract.

The veteran forward, an eight-season stalwart of the club, is in the final year of his existing deal.

But the Tigers have tabled an offer to retain the 33-year-old for another 12 months after a string of impressive performances before the season was suspended.

Millington joined the club in 2012 and has made over 200 appearances since, helping the club win the League Leaders’ Shield in 2017.

The Australian told League Express last month of his desire to extend his stay at The Jungle, but talks had been put on hold due to Covid-19.

“We have a contract until a certain time and if nothing comes along after that there is nothing, potentially,” he said at the time.

“So the sooner we know the better, so we can get some plans in place to feed our families. With a little bit patience, I hope we can start making some progress.”

But he now has an offer to consider and a decision is expected in due course.

There are a number of players off-contract with the Tigers at the end of the year.

James Clare, Matt Cook, Jacques O’Neill, Calum Turner and Junior Moors are among those in the final months of their deals.

Another is Daniel Smith, who is set to test the open market after failing to come to terms on a new deal with the club.

The Tigers have offered the forward a new contract but the two parties have been unable to strike a deal.

As a result, Smith will now listen to offers from elsewhere and consider his other options before making a call on his future.

He joined Castleford last year after being released by Huddersfield and has played regularly since.