Castleford forward Tyla Hepi targets starting spot after signing new deal

Castleford forward Tyla Hepi has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club for a further two years.

The 28-year-old New Zealander joined the Tigers ahead of the 2020 season from Toulouse and will now be staying with them until the end of 2023.Tyla Hepi, who does not count on the club’s overseas quota as he is considered federation trained, has made 11 Super League appearances for Castleford this season.
Hepi said: “I’m very excited. I’ve enjoyed my time at Castleford already and I have learned a lot from the boys that have been here with me for those two years. I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds.

“I’ve got my house here and have some good friends in the community. We are a pretty tight-knit group at Cas. I am really excited to crack on for another two years and really start pushing to make a name for myself.

“I am very eager and working really hard. Next year I am going to be relentless in going for that starting spot. I have been here two years now and have set a solid foundation. So for me it is time to crack on.”

Castleford’s new coach Lee Radford said: “Tyla plays with a really good energy. I like what he does and what he brings to the team.

“I actually played with his dad which is a sign of my age! He’s a real honest working front-rower and one I am really looking forward to coaching.”

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