Lynch delivers boost for Castleford

Castleford's Andy Lynch.
Castleford's Andy Lynch.

Castleford Tigers have confirmed that evergreen forward Andy Lynch has agreed a one-year contract extension that will see him stay with the club until the end of the 2017 season and to his retirement.

The deal has a further option for Lynch to add another year with the club if he chooses to continue next year.

The 36-year-old re-joined Castleford at the start of the 2014 season after two years with Hull FC and has since played some of the best rugby league of his career.

Lynch became the oldest active player in Super League at the beginning of this year’s campaign with the retirements of Jamie Peacock and Adrian Morley.

The prop forward still has the drive to succeed and helping his Tigers team reach the top is one of his goals

He said: “This club is moving forward, Powelly has built a fantastic working environment here and it’s a great feeling to know I will continue to be part of it beyond this season. Cas is a great place to be.

“At this time the body feels good, age is just a number, and as long as still feel I can give it my all then I’ll continue to play.

“Rugby League has been my life, I enjoy every day working here at Cas and I don’t want it to stop.”

Tigers head coach Daryl Powell is pleased to have a leader like Lynch around for at least one more year.

He said: “Andy Lynch has been unbelievable as a professional and as a player in his time since he has returned to Castleford Tigers.

“I’m delighted he has agreed to extend his stay with us further and look forward to working with him as he helps to drive the standards even higher at the club.”

Tigers chief executive Steve Gill is full of admiration for Lynch.

He said: “We had no hesitation in agreeing an extension with Andy. He still plays long minutes and his leadership and respect throughout the team is immense.

“Andy’s form last season saw many people talk about him as Man of Steel material and I totally agree. He brings a wealth of experience and professionalism that he’s now passing along to our younger players.”

Lynch missed the season opener against Hull KR last weekend following a pre-season operation on his hand, but the prop is set to return this Sunday when the Tigers take on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.