Adam Milner commits future to Castleford

James Gordon

Hooker Adam Milner has turned down a move to the NRL to commit his future to Castleford.

Milner, 26, sought permission to speak to clubs Down Under back in March but has now agreed a new three-year contract extension at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

He said: “It’s tempting when NRL clubs come in declaring their interest. Australia is sort of the big city lights. I sat down with my agent at the end of last season and we thought there was an opportunity to fulfil a boyhood dream of mine and go challenge myself in the NRL, but Cas have been good and have been very patient with me, and I’m really happy I have signed and got my future sorted here.

“I’ve seen how far the club has come in the eight years that I’ve been here, and when you look at us now you have to say we are definitely a top four team in the Super League competition.

“Hopefully in the next three years we can take that to the next step and win the big games and win some more silverware. I feel as though Cas would have taken that step even if I would have left, but now I’m signed up for the next three years I’m excited that I will get to be a part of it!”

Milner recently made his 200th appearance for the Tigers, having made his debut back in 2010.

Castleford director of rugby, Jon Wells, said: “It is rare these days in Super League for a club to be able to keep their top talent from the lure of the NRL, and yet that is precisely what we have done in securing Adam’s signature on a new long-term contract. I think it sends a clear and bold statement about our ambitions as a club.”