CASTLEFORD Tigers have been given a boost ahead of their Challenge Cup tie at Featherstone with news that their Welsh international forward Jake Emmitt has signed a new two-year deal.
The 23-year-old prop or back rower, who has made a big impact since signing from St Helens for the 2011 season, has committed himself to the Tigers until at least the end of 2014.
Emmitt quickly established himself as a first team regular in his first season, making 20 appearances before injury ruled him out towards the end of the campaign. Now fully fit after working hard in the off-season, he has played in every Super League game so far in 2012.
He said: “It’s great to be here, I’m really happy it’s all done and dusted.
“Basil has things going in the right direction, he’s looking at bringing the right people into the team and I’m really happy here so there was never much doubt about me staying,
“I’m glad I can now concentrate on moving forward and hopefully having a successful year.
“Things are looking up, everyone is starting to gel. We’ve had a good Easter and hopefully we can build on our momentum going into the rest of the season. Last year we were at the top of the league by round 10, but didn’t make the play-offs. The season is still in our own hands and we’re hopefully going to make the play-offs by ending the season strongly.
“I can’t wait for Saturday. If the fans get behind us like they did at Wakefield with it also being a derby then the atmosphere will be fantastic. Hopefully we’ll be in the next round of the cup.”
Head coach Ian Millward, who is pictured with Emmitt, added: “It’s fantastic news on the back of Johnny Walker signing.
“We’re really excited to have him. Jake plays good minutes, is always developing his game and he’s only 23.
“It’s a big plus for the club moving forward and for the rest of the season.”