Castleford have announced a two-year contract extension for full-back Niall Evalds – with the blessing of incoming coach Lee Radford.
The 27-year-old Evalds joined the Tigers at the end of last season from Salford, initially on a 12-month deal, but has now extended it to the end of 2023 with a further year’s option in the club’s favour.
“I’m very happy and delighted to get it all sorted,” said Evalds, who has scored three tries already and set up a further five.
“Everyone has welcomed me and my family with open arms from day one which meant a lot to us and now it is up to me to repay that faith.
“I think there is so much to improve on and build on. I don’t think the fans have seen the best of me yet but I’ll improve as we get our combinations right.
“To say that we’ve only lost one game, it’s pretty positive because there is so much we can improve on.”
News of the contract extension was welcomed by Radford, the former Hull FC coach who will take over from Daryl Powell at the end of this season.
“I really like what I’ve seen of him,” said Radford. “He’s in contention at international level as well so hopefully he can put his best foot forward for a spot in the World Cup squad.
“I can’t wait to work with him, I like what he’s about as a brave full-back and he is a real threat on plays in and around the ruck. I think he is getting better and developing even more on an edge, certainly offensively.”