UNSUNG hero Oliver Holmes came in for praise this week from Castleford Tigers head coach Terry Matterson after making himself a first team regular at the age of only 18.
The former Normanton junior (pictured) has started all three of the Tigers’ opening Super league games and scored his first try in a senior competitive match when he crossed the line against Hull KR at the Probiz Coliseum on Sunday.
He was preferred to the available again Steve Snitch in the back row and fully justified his selection, according to his coach.
Matterson told the Express: “Everyone talks about Adam Milner, Daryl Clark, Jonny Walker and Joe Arundel, but Olly Holmes probably slips under the radar a little bit and he’s had a great start to the season.
“I think a lot of people are surprised that he’s in the starting team, but he deserves it. He’s continuing to do all the little things really well. You need players who just roll their sleeves up and do what’s required.
“He plays a very unselfish role that I need from him and he’s doing a very good job.
“There were a few raised eyebrows when he was in the line-up for the opening game and I think even Olly was shocked, but he played nearly a full game against Wakefield and there’s absolutely no problem for me in playing him, he’s earning everything he’s getting at the moment.
“It was good to see him get his first try and hopefully there will be many more.“