Castleford Tigers have confirmed that they have secured the services of Greg Minikin from York City Knights on a two-year deal.
The 20-year-old centre has been at York since 2012 and made his debut in the first team in 2013 against Catalans Dragons in the Challenge Cup. Good performances since then over the past two seasons had seen several Super League clubs show interest.
Minikin bagged 16 tries in 25 games this year for York in the Kingstone Press League One and impressed St Helens captain Jon Wilkin, who tipped the youngster to make it to Super League sooner rather than later.
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has been impressed with the youngster and is excited to get him on board for 2016.
He said: “Greg Minikin is an outstanding prospect.
“I have been really impressed with his ability during his time at York. He is a naturally strong player with a great instinct for the game.
“I’m confident he will be a consistent Super League player in the near future and I look forward to our coaching staff helping him achieve his potential.”
Tigers chief executive Steve Gill said: “Greg is a promising young player, who now has a superb opportunity to be a front line centre in Super League.
“He will have some excellent people to learn from within our playing team and coaching team. York City Knights have played a great part in Greg’s development to date and we’re delighted to have Greg on board.”
A delighted Minikin said: “I’m really excited, I’ve always wanted to play professional Rugby League since I was a kid.
“Daryl was a big part in me choosing the Tigers, I’ve heard nothing but good words about him as a coach and as a person, he’s very good at developing young players and I can’t wait to work with him.
“The club is on the up and came close to silverware in the last two years. It’s an exciting time to join with a new stadium on the horizon, the club is clearly growing and moving in the right direction.”
The chance to learn from experienced team-mates was a big pull for Minikin:
“Michael Shenton is a class player, there are lots of experienced senior players here who I’m looking forward to developing under.
“Pre-season training is just around the corner and I’m really excited to get to know my new team-mates and embrace full time training.”