Castleford Tigers have confirmed that first team star Ben Roberts has signed a three-year contract extension.
The New Zealand and Samoa international half-back joined the club for the 2015 season after agreeing a two-year deal with Castleford and the new contract will now see Roberts remain a Tiger until at least the end of the 2019 season.
Roberts appeared in 25 Super League games during the 2015 season, scoring nine tries and kicking one memorable drop-goal to win the home game against St Helens, which helped establish him as a fans favourite.
He has also shown his versatility, covering a number of positions for Castleford including full-back, centre and hooker, but his half-back partnership with Luke Gale is where he blossomed towards the end of last season and at the start of the current one – before picking up a foot injury at St Helens last Friday.
Before joining the Tigers, Roberts played in more than 130 NRL games for Melbourne Storm, Parramatta Eels and Canterbury Bulldogs.
He is at home in England now and is delighted to have agreed an extension with the Tigers.
He said: “I’m excited to be working with Daryl for a further three seasons. Cas is definitely a club with a vision of success and I want to play a part in that. My family and I are settled here and I love playing for this club and with these boys.”
Castleford head coach Daryl Powell is thrilled to tie the 30-year-old down.
He said: “It’s fantastic news for us at the club that Benny has decided to extend this stay for the next three years.
“He is a high quality player and person who has got better and better as he has fitted into the way that we play.
“His game is constantly improving and I think there is more to come from him as he continues to strive for excellence and development in all aspects of his game.
“He fits the type of player we want at the club with his professionalism, his desire to win things and his passion to always be at his best every week.”
Tigers chief executive Steve Gill added: “This is a really important signing for us.
“As a club we are looking for consistency in our player pool and it is a real statement of intent from the Tigers to secure this three year deal with Ben Roberts. Benny has showed a real desire to stay at the club and we were only too happy to keep him.”
Roberts will be sidelined for the coming Tigers game against Salford Red Devils on Sunday, but is pleased that scans on his foot injury have confirmed no break.
He said: “I’m very happy to find out my injury isn’t as bad as we first thought. Rest assured that I will be working hard to get back playing in a couple weeks.”
Tickets for Sunday’s game against Salford Red Devils at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle are available to buy now from the Tigers Den club shop in Carlton Lanes and online via www.castlefordtigers.com