Promising half-back Tom Holmes is out of action for the rest of this season, but is set for a big year in 2017 according to Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell.
Head coach Powell is happy with the progress shown by the 20-year-old former Lock Lane amateur and wants to see him kick on now having had a taste of Super League this year after making his first team debut in 2015.
Holmes first linked up with the Tigers as a 14-year-old and has come through the ranks before agreeing his first professional contract with Cas, for who he is now signed up to 2018.
After coming off the bench he scored against Wakefield in the Tigers’ last Super League game, but was then put in for an operation on a shoulder injury he has been carrying - meaning he has played his last game of 2016.
Powell explained: “Tom has finished for the year, he’s had an operation on his shoulder.
“He’s needed that for a while and we wanted to give him as good a chance as possible to get a big pre-season under his belt.
“I think he’s done well.
“He started really well then had a bit of a blip, but he’s come back and played a couple of decent games.
“It was good to see him score a try against Wakefield, he looked really sharp and showed what he’s capable of doing.
“He’s had a look at it this year and it’s about him kicking on now.
“He needs a really good pre-season and then he needs to come back and have the bit between his teeth.
“He knows what it’s all about now and he’s played in Super League. Next year will be a big year for him.”