London boy Channing makes Castleford move permanent

Michael Channing.
Michael Channing.

Castleford Tigers have completed the permanent signing of Michael Channing from London Broncos on a two-year deal.

The Surrey-born centre moved to the Tigers on-loan in July and has impressed enough to secure a long-term stay.

Channing, 21, has featured four times for Cas and has scored three tries including a couple in the Tigers’ last home match of the season versus Salford City Reds.

Head Coach, Daryl Powell said: “Michael has fitted into the club seamlessly as both a player and a person.

“He is a young centre with a lot of potential who will continue to thrive in our culture.

“His footwork is outstanding as is his ability to get the ball to his winger. Alongside that, his defence has improved massively during his time at our club and I am delighted that he is staying with us.”

Michael Channing said: “I’m really happy to get a permanent deal sorted at Castleford.

“Cas are one of the big names in Super League, so it’s good to be offered a contract from being on-loan.”

Channing has settled in well at Castleford and believes that he’s added a lot to his game during his loan spell.

“I’ve loved my time at Cas so far,” Channing said.

“I’ve enjoyed the coaching and I’ve learned so much and I think that it’s showed in my performances.

“Daryl has been saying that I’ve improved week after week and if you’re young, you always want to learn.

“Being around good coaches and good players is something good to be a part of.”

Although injury has ruled him out of contention for a spot in the Wales squad for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, Channing is looking ahead to the next Super League campaign where he will be pushing for a regular place in the Tigers side.

“It’s going to be big challenge for places next season, but I have always said that it brings out the best in you when you have big competition.

“I want to get as much game time as I can although I’ve got some huge names in front of me at the moment in the likes of Jake Webster and Michael Shenton. I want to make a name for myself as well and push for a spot.”