Castleford forward Oliver Holmes signs new deal

Castleford forward Oliver Holmes has agreed a new deal with his hometown club for 2021.

The 28-year-old back-rower has made more than 200 appearances for the Tigers since making his first team debut back in 2010. He has earned one cap for England.

Holmes said: “It’s a great achievement being at the club for such a long time and shows a lot of loyalty from both sides, from myself and the club and I’m looking to build on it.

“I wanted to be here for next year and beyond so it’s a starting point and we’ve got next year to look forward to.”

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: “Oliver has come through our system and you can see how much he loves the club; he works so hard and I think it’s demonstrated in his massive defensive efforts.

“He will do anything you ask him to do, whether it’s his favoured position in the back-row, or you ask him to go in the middle and he’ll go in there, tough as teak, and do what he needs to do.

“He carries the ball strong and is a really tough, resilient defender and I’m delighted he will be staying with Castleford and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with him. He has been an awesome player since I’ve been here at the club and his leadership is growing all the time.”

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