‘Lynchpin’ Andy is Castleford player of year

Adele and Anthony Higgins, of sponsors Anthony Higgins Transport, with  Castleford Tigers Player of the Year award winners Grant Millington, Andy Lynch and Luke Gale and Tigers head coach Daryl Powell.
Adele and Anthony Higgins, of sponsors Anthony Higgins Transport, with Castleford Tigers Player of the Year award winners Grant Millington, Andy Lynch and Luke Gale and Tigers head coach Daryl Powell.

Long serving Castleford Tigers player Andy Lynch was the biggest winner when he took home two trophies from the club’s annual presentation night.

Lynch was named player of the year and also collected the players’ player prize during the club’s presentation evening at Leeds United’s Elland Road Centenary Pavillion.

There were also two trophies for another of Castleford’s consistent forwards this season, Grant Millington, while scrum-half Luke Gale capped his impressive first season at the club by also picking up two awards and Mike McMeeken was named young player of the year.

The Tigers players, coaches, staff, family and fans were all in attendance to celebrate a successful year for the club when the awards were highly contended.

The club took the decision to move the event onto a grander scale and this year held the presentation at the Elland Road Centenary Pavillion, with a crowd of more than 300 able to enjoy the evening.

“We took the decision to move the event to Elland Road this year purely based on numbers,” explained Tigers commercial manager Chris Powell.

“There simply isn’t a venue within the Five Towns that could accommodate an event on this scale and we needed to make sure we had a venue big enough to allow our fans to come along and be part of it.

“Just two years ago the event was held in the small marquee at the stadium, and tonight shows where we are heading as a club and how much we’ve grown.”

Andy Lynch, described by team-mates as the lynchpin of the team, took centre stage and after picking up his two awards he said: “It’s come as a surprise really to win the players’ player of the year, there have been a few stand out players this year.

“But it’s nice to get votes from your fellow players. These awards are a great honour, but it’s not just about me, it’s about the boys around me.

“As players we are always looking to get better and improve. It’s been a great night here tonight and we just aim now to get bigger and better, we’ve a job to do on Thursday night so it’s an early night and back to training for the boys.”

Grant Millington picked up the directors’ player of the year award and was second in the player of the year award category:

He said: “It’s always good to be recognised like this, but straight up next year we want to be in that top four!

“We’ve got to be a bit more consistent and win those close games that we’ve missed out on this year. We’ll keep battling away now though for these last two games of the season.”

Fans player of the year and third in the player of the year category Luke Gale said: “It’s good to get the accolade from our fans and thank you to the fans for voting for me.

“It’s been a great night here, a great event and things are really looking up, the future is bright.”

Award winners were:

Fans Player of the Year - Luke Gale

Directors Player of the Year - Grant Millington

Young Player of the Year - Mike McMeeken

Players’ Player of Year - Andy Lynch

Player of the Year - Andy Lynch; second Grant Millington; third Luke Gale

Under 19s Shooting Star - Declan Sheehan

Under 19s Most Improved Player - Brandon Douglas

Under 19s Coaches Player of the Year - Will Maher and Tom Holmes

Under 19s Player of the Year - Brandon Moore