YOUNG WINGER Greg Minikin will be in contention for an England cap if he maintains his recent progress - and he isn’t even playing in his specialist position.
That is the view of Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell, who has a reputation for unearthing outstanding talent and hit the jackpot yet again when he signed Minikin from lowly York City Knights.
The 21-year-old scored six tries in 17 appearances during his debut campaign for Castleford last year and has already crossed eight times in just four games this term.
Record-breaker Denny Solomona’s defection to rugby union, after scoring 42 tries in 2016, seemed to have left Tigers short, but Minikin and Greg Eden, on the other flank, have more than filled the gap.
The 16 touchdowns between them have been an integral feature of Castleford’s winning start in Super League and Powell said: “Both wingers have been outstanding.
“Greg Minikin is the real surprise, Greg Eden has played more senior football at a higher level and his finishing has been great, but Minikin has been excellent.
“His work-rate, his strength in contact and his finishing ability - his ability to step and then go again so quickly - has been outstanding.
“He is an instinctive, natural rugby league player. He is never going to be the biggest, he is 88-89 kilos, but he is very strong naturally.
“I think he can play at the highest level, no question. Whether that is international or not we will find out over the next few years.
“But he is certainly a quality player.”
Powell believes Minikin’s long-term role could be in the centres. He added: “He is capable of both positions. Centre is his main position, I don’t think he has played much on the wing, but some players can just rock up and play and when they get on a rugby field it’s like it’s just natural to them. He is one of those.”