Till to take up new role at Castleford

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CASTLEFORD Tigers’ strength and conditioner for the past three seasons Kevin Till is staying with the club in a new role.

Till, who was highly thought of by previous head coach Terry Matterson, will now be specialising in the physical development of the Tigers’ young players, working with the academy and scholarship squads.

Tigers’ head of youth development Steve Gill is delighted that he has opted to take up the new role.

He said: “It is great news that Kevin has decided to stay here at the Tigers. He has had a major impact in the physical development of our youngsters over the years - working exceptionally hard - and I know the lads were keen for him to stay and continue the work he has already done with them.

“Kevin’s new role will be purely working with the under 20s down to scholarship and implementing their strength and conditioning programmes.

“I am really pleased with how the youth development team is shaping up, with the quality of staff we have on board, and retaining Kevin, a man with such knowledge and ability within his field, was vitally important.

“Kevin will play an even bigger part in the development of the next batch of Tigers homegrown first team stars and that can only be a big step forward for the club.”

Castleford, meanwhile, are still to confirm who will be Ian Millward’s assistant coach next season with an announcement due after the new head coach returns from his player finding trip to Australia.

Tigers’ Academy Under 20s player of the year Ben Johnson has been announced as the Rugby League Players’ Association’s first ever youth officer and will assist the GMB Union in expanding the membership of players aged 16 to 19.

Highly-rated scrum-half Johnson became the first RLPA member to take advantage of its new service which helps young players secure a contract without having to use players agents when he signed a two-year full-time contract with Cas.

Geoff Burrow, GMB sports secretary, has mentored Johnson for the past two years or so after meeting his father Colin, who was frustrated that Ben was being overlooked because “he was too small”.

He said: “Ben will be a real star for the future. He is destined to go all the way to the top, provided he receives the proper support and puts in the effort.”

Tigers Together’s end of season bash at Roundhill WMC was a big success with more than £400 raised for the Charlotte Booth appeal.