Ben signs new Tigers contract

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CASTLEFORD’S highly-rated academy full back Ben Reynolds has signed a new deal that will keep him at the club until the end of 2014.

The 17-year-old former Featherstone Lions junior and Knottingley Sports College pupil (pictured) has impressed for the club’s under 18s this season after graduating from its scholarship 12 months ago.

He has already tasted first team action having trained with the squad during preparations for Sunday’s Challenge Cup tie against Huddersfield. He is a member of the club’s AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) programme.

Ben said: “This contract is big reward for all the hard work that I’ve put in since signing from scholarship in July of last year and it is another step up the ladder towards achieving my dream of playing first team.

“Training with the first team was another insight for what’s hopefully to come. It’s a lot faster than I’m used to but it’s something I need to get used to so that I’m ready for when I hopefully make the step up in the future.”

Richard Tunningley, Castleford’s under 18s coach and AASE programme leader, said: “Ben is a real success story for our AASE programme. His development has really taken off this year and the club are only too happy to extend his stay over the long term.

“Ben has set his sights on playing first grade football here at the Tigers and at 17 he has all the credentials to go all the way in the game.

“If he continues to apply himself in the way he has to date, he will be in a position to go full time after completing his A levels at Pontefract New College in May.”