Castleford hand new deal to Mariano

Castleford second-rower Frankie Mariano has signed a new two-year deal.

Mariano, 27, is an ever-present for the Tigers this season, and is now committed until the end of 2016.

He said: “I feel really comfortable. I’ve never felt as comfortable as I do now in this team which is a big factor and it’s showing in my game.

“I wanted to play in every game, but it’s not something I expected with being in a brand new side and having to work my way in.

“Obviously I’ve done something right for Daryl Powell to keep playing me and this is exactly what I needed and wanted. Hopefully I can carry on, keep progressing and keep getting better.”

Mariano has previously played in Super League for Hull KR and Wakefield, and joined the Tigers ahead of the 2014 season.

Coach Daryl Powell said: “It is great news for the club that Frankie has signed a new contract for the next two years.

“He has continued to improve throughout the year and has lots of room to develop his game even further.

“He is a big athlete with potential to play in three positions, which makes him a valuable member of our squad.” 

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