Castleford Tigers have agreed two-and-a-half year deals with youngsters Luis Johnson, Corey Southern and Harry Hirst who will all now move up to the club’s under 19s academy.
Second row Johnson played his amateur rugby at Oulton Invaders before joining the Tigers Academy at 15.
Upon signing his contract, he said: “I’m very excited to be signing down here. It’s going to be a big challenge but it is one that I am really looking forward to.”
Hirst also joined the Tigers after playing his amateur rugby at Oulton Invaders.
The loose forward will look to become an imposing force for the Castleford under 19s team in the years to come and shared his excitement of having the chance to learn under some great coaches: “It’s great having someone to look up to while you are in the youth teams.
“Daryl Powell has been great at bringing players through Cas’s academy team – it’s exciting to think that might be me one day.”
Centre Southern joined the Tigers from Castleford Panthers and is a life long Cas fan.
He said: “It’s a dream come true to play for my hometown club. I’ve always wanted to play for them since I was young and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Talent development manager Darren Higgins said: “These contracts are great recognition and reward for the efforts and performances of the lads over the last 12 months and furthermore the community club environments from which have lads have come from.
“This very much mirrors our philosophy on Talent ID and recruitment and is a further evidence of the progress we as a club are making in relation to junior development.
“The lads will now transition into the academy environment which represents a significant step up, but one we are confident they are able to handle and progress further.”