Huby signs new Tigers deal

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CASTLEFORD prop Craig Huby has signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the end of 2014.

The 24-year-old (pictured) is the club’s longest serving player and made his senior Tigers debut in 2003.

Pontefract-born Huby, who has scored 39 tries and kicked 127 goals in 127 appearances for the Tigers, is pleased the new contract has been finalised and is happy with his form this season.

He said: “I don’t think there was any question that I wanted to stay at Castleford. I have been here for nine years and I just wanted to push on, get the contract sorted and look to the future.

“I wouldn’t be able to play as well as I am doing unless the team is also playing well. Everyone else is doing their part as well as me.

“It’s probably the best team we’ve had at Castleford for a while. With the stability of the RL licensing system, it has given us a chance to get some young kids coming through and I think all that hard work is now showing.”

Tigers coach Terry Matterson believes Huby can be a “cornerstone” of Castleford’s pack.

He said: “Craig has worked really hard to get where he is now. I am really happy with the way he is going.

“I think his best rugby is ahead of him and he can be the cornerstone of our pack for many years. He is a massively important front rower.

“I see him in the Andy Lynch mould and what he has done for Bradford over the years. Craig is big and strong and he’s got great ball handling skills which he is learning how to use better each week and defensively he is also strong.

“He has really toughened up mentally over the last couple of years and he’s in the best shape he has ever been in.”