James Clare has signed a new two-year contract extension with Castleford.
The 27-year-old re-joined the Tigers ahead of the 2018 season and impressive performances have seen him offered a new deal with the club. The deal will see him remain at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle until at least the end of the 2020 season.
Clare has scored four tries in eight games for Castleford this season and has spent two months on the sidelines with a broken leg.
The winger is delighted to sign a new contract with his hometown club.
He said: “I’m extremely happy and ecstatic to sign this new deal with Castleford.
“Growing up it was my dream to play for the Tigers and to have played this long already for them is great, then to add another two years on top of that I’m in heaven.
“When I left the club a couple of years ago, I always wanted to come back but since leaving the club I’ve not only learnt a lot as a player but as a person and since I’ve come back I feel like I’ve been ready for the challenge and better for the club.”
Tigers coach Daryl Powell believes there is plenty still to come from Clare.
He said: “James has done a great job since he has come back from injury.
“He started the season pretty well but has gone to another level in his last two performances and I’m confident he will continue to improve and play his best rugby over the next two years and afterwards.
“With that in mind I’m delighted he has agreed a two-year deal to stay with us and look forward to continuing to work with him.”