Jacques O'Neill agrees new deal to stay with Castleford Tigers
Castleford Tigers have tonight confirmed that fast developing academy product Jacques O’Neill has agreed to a new two-year deal that will keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2023 season.
The 22-year-old hooker or loose forqward is a proud product of the Tigers youth system, coming through both the Scholarship and Academy programmes before making his senior Super League debut in 2019.
The Cumbrian-born player established himself as a member of the first team squad in the truncated 2020 season and has emerged as one of the top-flight competition’s brightest prospects thanks to his fearless enthusiasm in attack and defence.
He has had a stop-start 2021 campaign so far, but has been selected in the England Knights squad and is seen as a potentially key player going forward for the Tigers.
O’Neill is delighted to be extending his stay at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Speaking to castlefordtigers.com, he said: “I’m over the moon to stay at Cas, I’ve been at since I was 15/16 and it has a place in my heart now, I wasn’t really looking to go anywhere else. I’m happy here and I want to keep progressing in my career here.
“I’ve been here since the under 16s and I feel like it is like my home club now, I’ve lived here six years, my mum lives here and it’s close to me.”
O'Neill has a fan in Lee Radford, who will take over as Castleford’s head coach in 2022.
He said: “I like him, he is just full of energy, really game, plays with so much energy. Jacques is definitely someone that I am excited to coach because I think there is so much improvement in him as well.
“A type of player that the club needs around, especially in that position as well. It excites me that he is still young and there are areas of his game where he can get better at and hopefully, we can get the best out of him.”