Talented teenager Holmes signs new deal with Castleford

Tom Holmes in action for Castleford Tigers under 19s. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK
Tom Holmes in action for Castleford Tigers under 19s. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK

Promising young half-back or hooker Tom Holmes has agreed a new two-year extension with hometown club Castleford Tigers.

The former Lock Lane amateur only signed a new one-year deal in June, but his dedication in training has earned him an early extension, keeping him at the club until at least the end of the 2018 season.

The 19-year-old made his first team debut in 2015, coming off of the bench against Catalans Dragons at home towards the end of the game.

Holmes joined the Tigers scholarship scheme as a 14-year-old and has risen through the ranks and captained the Tigers Academy side for the past two seasons.

On signing his new deal, Holmes said: “To know I will be at my hometown club for at least another three years is a great honour.

“It’s a special place to be at with great team-mates and staff around me, who I know will lead me in the right direction.

“I can’t wait to get back into pre-season training and hopefully have a run out soon in front out those awesome fans.”

Castleford head coach Daryl Powell spoke of Holmes’ development last season and has been impressed with him during his time with the first team:

He said: “Tom is a quality prospect who grew hugely as a player last season.

“He made his first team debut against Catalans and showed he has lots to offer,

“His all-round game is very good and I am confident we have a half back who can compete for a Super League place very soon.”

Chief executive Steve Gill is delighted to see a homegrown youngster be rewarded.

He said: “I’m really pleased that Tom has agreed to extend his stay with us.

“I feel he will learn so much in the next few seasons from Daryl, Danny and Shez, and I’m confident he will become a first team regular in the coming seasons.”