Millington extends contract for tenth Tigers season

Posted: Wednesday 14th October 2020 - 6:00 PM

Millington will enter his tenth season as a Castleford player in 2021 after joining from Canterbury Bulldogs for the 2012 season. Since making the move to West Yorkshire he has gone on to make over 200 appearances for the Tigers and already holds the record for the most appearances by an overseas player in the Club’s history.

The 33-year-old is a firm fan favourite and has been an integral part of Daryl Powell’s squad with his powerful running, skilful ball-handling and leadership qualities both on and off the field.

Speaking to Grant Millington expressed his delight at staying with Castleford for a tenth season.

“I’m really happy to get it sorted and be sticking around for another year. I’ve almost spent a third of my life here when you really think about it and I’ve had some of the best moments of my life here. The birth of my three kids, the League Leaders’ Shield, the Grand Final, they are all things that I know I’m going to remember forever. I’ve really enjoyed my time here and it’s something I won’t forget for sure.”

In 2020 Grant is proudly sponsored by Van Window Specialists and heading into 2021 he is not worried about being one of the older heads in the Fords’ team and firmly believes he still has a lot to offer.

“I’m not here to waste time or anything, if that was the case I would move home and find work and start the rest of my life but I still honestly believe that we’ve got something pretty special here. I firmly believe that we can still do things and I’m desperate to make it here in what could be my final year. It’s something that I’ve had as a goal for a long time and I’ll be doing everything I can to achieve it.”

Head Coach Daryl Powell commented on Millington’s contract extension saying: “Overseas players come over to the UK and spend time at clubs, but for a player to come and spend ten seasons with a club is pretty special and almost unheard of. He came over and he’s grown, certainly in my time at the club, and he has been a special player for Castleford Tigers in every way and I’m delighted that he is staying here with us.

“I think he’s revitalized and the way I see him at the moment, and what we’ve seen at the start of this season and since the lockdown is that he is in fantastic shape and playing some of the best rugby league of his career.

“His ability as a front-rower is second to none, we’ve played him at halfback, he can do whatever you want. He’s been an awesome player for the club and I’m looking forward to continuing working with him.”

Castleford Tigers Director of Rugby Jon Wells shared his delight of Millington staying with the Tigers: “I am delighted that Millo goes round again with us. He is a leader on and off the field and a humble man who sets a great example for us all. Every now and again a Club and a player find one another, and it just works; Vowles was one, Dorn another. Millo for me sits in that bracket.”

Grant wanted to also thank the Fords faithful for their continued support.

“Thanks for having me, it’s been great so far and I’ll be doing everything I can to bring some more silverware to this club which has been a big part of my life but the job’s not done yet. I think we’ve come a long way, that this town and the club has come a long way, I think we deserve something so I’ll be doing everything I can so we can achieve that.”

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