Castleford Tigers have been handed a boost with fans favourite Justin Carney signing a new five-year contract.
The 25-year-old winger, whose existing deal was due to expire at the end of 2014, has scored 31 tries in 28 games in all competitions for the Tigers since his move from Sydney Roosters before the start of last season, including a hat-trick in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup victory against Batley Bulldogs last weekend.
Speaking on his new contract, Justin Carney said: “It’s a good feeling; there’s been a few stressful months trying to figure out what I wanted to do, but I knew that I really wanted to stay and I’m pleased that it all worked out in the end.
“I didn’t realise that there were so many people wanting me in their team, but I think that I belong here. At the end of the day, my family and I are happy here and that’s all that matters.
“It’s a big statement from the club and a big decision for me as I’ve secured mine and my family’s future. I’ve worked really hard over the years to try and get a lengthy deal and it’s paid off now because I’m really happy here and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else - I just love it here.
“I don’t want to be complacent, but I can just concentrate on my footy now. When you know your future is sorted it puts your mind at ease and you can take a step back and focus on what’s important which is us winning every week. It’s not going to come easy, but that’s our goal and I’ll be busting a gut and doing everything in my power to help us do it.
“The people that I play with are my best mates off the field; they’ve made me feel at home since the day I got here. I hold most of the people here as close friends for life.
“It’s a good feeling to be a part of something like this - it’s very special, especially with the way we’re going at the moment. It was a big culture change at the start of the year with new people coming in with a lot of experience and it’s great to be a part of it.”
Tigers Head Coach Daryl Powell said: “I am delighted that a player of Justin’s standing both at Castleford Tigers and within the wider game has decided to re-sign with the club.
“Both the fact that he sees his future with us and the length of the contract is a huge statement for our club and the environment that we have created.
”Justin is a personality both on and off the field and I know all at the club will delighted with the news.”