Wingers locked down
Posted: Friday 1st June 2018 - 8:32 AM
Castleford Tigers have activated options on both Tuoyo Egodo and Kieran Gill’s contracts which will keep the young duo at the club until at least the end of the 2019 season.
Both players had an option on their contracts to extend into the 2019 season and the club has chosen to take up those options.
The outside back duo have impressed the Tigers coaching staff and both have been included in tonight’s 19-man squad to take on Hull KR where they both could be in line to make their first appearances of 2018.
Egodo, 21, made his Castleford debut in Round 7 of the 2017 Super 8s against Hull FC where he bagged himself a hat-trick of tries in front of the Mend-A-Hose Jungle crowd. He joined from London Broncos after spending three years in their academy system. In 2017, Egodo spent the majority of the season on loan with Oldham RLFC making 10 appearances. This year, despite not featuring for Castleford, the winger has made 5 appearances for the Tigers dual registration partner, Newcastle Thunder scoring 4 tries.
Gill, 22, signed professional terms with the Tigers after staring in the sides Academy set up. The Lock Lane junior went on to make his Castleford first team debut against St. Helens in 2017 scoring a try before picking up a nasty knee injury that kept the youngster side-lined until early in the 2018 season. The winger/centre has spent time on loan with Oldham RLFC in each of the last three seasons, making 24 appearances and scoring 15 tries over that time.
Speaking today Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said: “I’m really pleased that two really promising young players have extended their contracts with the club for another year. Kieran Gill has just come back from a long-term knee injury and has physically grown during that time to the point where he has a great chance to press a claim in the first team and Tuoyo Egodo has the physical presence that could make him a really good Super League player. Both players now need to apply themselves massively over the next year and a half to give them the best possible chance of being consistent Super League players.”
Castleford Tigers director of rugby Jon Wells, praised the two youngsters effort and determination: “Kieran and Tuoyo are two of our young prospects who have had to be patient in waiting for their shot a first team rugby here at Castleford. When they have been called upon they have been ready – and we expect the same development in their character and attitude in 2019,”
Wells added: “In the short term, Kieran and Tuoyo may both get the chances they have been asking for tonight and we are all looking forward to seeing them pull on the jersey again. Kieran in particular has been the model professional during his rehabilitation from last season’s serious knee injury and we know he will stand up for us against Hull KR should he be called upon. This is a huge opportunity for both lads; in our experience injuries to front line members of the squad leave the door open for others to prove that they deserve the Cas Tigers jersey. We know that Kieran and Tuoyo desperately want to be one of those success stories and they could make the first steps to doing that tonight.”
Castleford Tigers take on Hull KR at 8pm tonight at KCOM Craven Park in the Betfred Super League. Tickets are available on the gate. Get yourselves along and support the boys!
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