Goal kicking outside back Kirk Dixon has given Castleford Tigers a boost on the eve of the new season by signing a one-year contract extension that will see him remain at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle until the end of 2015.
The new deal will see Dixon play on into his ninth year with the Tigers having joined the club ahead of the 2007 National League One Championship winning campaign, when he went on to become Cas’ leading try scorer in his debut season with 23 tries.
The former Hull player continued to become a mainstay of the Tigers’ side and last season scored 11 tries in 21 Super League appearances, including four in a memorable 49-24 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at the Magic Weekend. In doing so, he equalled the club’s most tries in a Super League match record.
With 163 games, 80 tries, 336 goals and 992 points to his name in seven years as a Tigers player, Dixon said it was a ‘no-brainer’ to stay on at a club he holds close to his heart.
He said: “I sat down with Daryl during the pre-season campaign and he said that he would like to keep me and I was more than happy to stay.
“We’ve been able to get the deal sorted and I’m just looking forward to getting the season started.
“Daryl said he likes what I do and from my point of view you can see that things are progressing and moving forwards so it was a pretty simple decision.
“We’re starting to get some good combinations out on the field and it’s a pleasure to be in the side, so although it sounds like an old cliché it was a no-brainer for me.
“It’s got a real family atmosphere down here; the office staff mingle with the players and the players mingle with the fans. It’s fantastic for me and playing in front of the Tigers fans is a special thing and something that I didn’t want to leave.”
Head coach Daryl Powell said: “I am delighted that Kirk has agreed to extend his contract with the Tigers.
“He is a pleasure to coach and works as hard, if not harder, than anyone on his individual game, which makes him a role model for young players to aspire towards.
“His game has been excellent in my time at the club and I am looking forward to an outstanding season from him.”
Kirk Dixon is sponsored in 2014 by Arriva Yorkshire.