Castleford playmaker Ben Roberts has signed a three-year contract extension, tieing him to the Tigers until the end of 2019.
The New Zealand and Samoa international joined the club for the 2015 season after agreeing a two-year deal with the Tigers. The new deal will see Roberts remain a Tiger until at least the end of the 2019 season.
Roberts went on to appear in 25 Super League games during the 2015 season, scoring nine tries, and soon becoming a fans favourite. The versatile player has covered a number of positions for Castleford including fullback, centre, hooker and loose forward.
“I’m excited to be working with Daryl for a further three seasons,” he said.
“Cas is definitely a club with a vision of success, and I want to play a part in that. My family and I are settled here and I love playing for this club and with these boys.”
Castleford head coach Daryl Powell is thrilled to tie the 30-year old down.
“It’s fantastic news for us at the club that Benny has decided to extend this stay for the next three years,” he said.
“He is a high quality player and person who has got better and better as he has fitted into the way that we play. His game is constantly improving and I think there is more to come from him as he continues to strive for excellence and development in all aspects of his game.
“He fits the type of player we want at the club with his professionalism, his desire to win things and his passion to always be at his best every week.”
Tigers CEO Steve Gill said Roberst is a “really important signing for us”.
“As a club we are looking for consistency in our player pool, and it is a real statement of intent from the Tigers to secure this three-year deal with Ben Roberts,” Gill said.
“Benny has showed a real desire to stay at the club and we were only too happy to keep him.”
Roberts will be sidelined for the coming Tigers game v Salford Red Devils on Sunday afternoon at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle after picking up a foot injury during Friday night’s game at St.Helens.
However scans have confirmed no break so Roberts is hoping to get back on the pitch soon.
“I’m very happy to find out my injury isn’t as bad as we first thought,” he said.
“Rest assured that I will be working hard to get back playing in a couple weeks.”