CASTLEFORD Tigers fought off competition to tie up home-grown winger or full-back Richard Owen, 21, on a new four-year deal.
Castleford chief executive Richard Wright said: “There was a number of clubs who came in for him and Ian sees a lot more potential in him.”
Owen (pictured), who missed most of the 2010 season with a broken leg, is the second Tigers player to commit his long-term future to the club after Rangi Chase signed a two-year extension to his contract, taking him to the end of 2015.
“Cas are the club I have always wanted to play for since being a young boy,” Owen said. “With Ian joining the club and Rangi re-signing, we seem to be going in the right direction and Cas is the place to be.
“The club stood by me through my injury. The club and the medical staff were great with me and I want to repay them.”