ENGLAND youth internationals Connor Taylor and Jake Dehal-Clark have signed professional terms with Castleford Tigers.
The highly sought after 16-year-olds have both emerged through the club’s scholarship scheme and follow in the recent footsteps of first team stars Joe Arundel, Daryl Clark, Greg Eden and Richard Owen.
Head of youth development Steve Gill is delighted they see their futures at Castleford.
He said: “We are very pleased Jake and Connor have decided to stay loyal to the club, they were both highly sought after by a number of other clubs.
“They see the pathway to first team here and recognise the achievements of others at this club who were at a similar stage in development not so long ago.
“Jake is an all action hooker who guides the team around the field and is very strong on communication. We signed him from Shaw Cross junior club three years ago and he had a good grounding in the game at Hunslet Parkside before then. He’s come a long way in the scholarship and we see fantastic potential in him.
“He has had a lot of guidance from Ryan Hudson and is good friends with Adam Milner and Daryl Clark. He’s well aware of who is in front of him and that hasn’t deterred him; his aim is always to play first team.
“With Connor, quality centres are always in short supply and having coached Michael Shenton at a young age I see strong similarities with Connor at this age. He’s from my old junior club, Normanton, and is a strike player. I know Richard Tunningley (player performance manager and under 18s coach) is especially looking forward to working with him.
“To keep these players, both England Internationals, is testament to where we are at and the exciting future in store for this club.”