Castleford Tigers have confirmed that Brandon Douglas has inked a two-year contract extension, and joins the club’s first team group.
The 19-year-old academy product recently made his first team debut against St Helens.
He joined the Castleford academy from the Bradford Bulls‘ scholarship ranks in 2013.
“I am looking forward to taking the step into a full time environment with Castleford Tigers,” he said.
“I have spent the last three years in the Castleford academy system, which I have really enjoyed. With great support from the academy coaching/strength and conditioning team.
“I have developed as a player and I feel ready for a tough, honest preseason.”
“Castleford Tigers is a fantastic rugby club with amazing supporters.
“I was humbled by the support from the fans following my debut against St.Helens and I’m looking forward to my future with Castleford.”
Tigers head of youth Pete Riding believes that the new deal is perfect reward for the player’s progress in 2016.
“I am absolutely thrilled that we have been able to sign Brandon on a two-year full-time deal,” he said.
“This follows a great year of academy football in which Brandon also made his first team debut. Typically it’s very difficult for props to emerge at such a young age, this two year full time deal will give Brandon time to continue to learn and develop.
“This signing is yet another example of our academy system producing players progressing into the first team environment and speaks volumes for the provision that our coaching staff are providing for our aspiring young players.”
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell feels that Douglas will develop into a fine player.
“Brandon Douglas showed in his one appearance last season that he is a player for the future who has no fear of any reputation,” he said.
“He was a standout performer in the Under 19’s competition last season and I have no doubt that a full pre season under his belt will see him develop and grow into a tremendous front rower capable of playing in Super League in the near future.”