Castleford Tigers forward Ryan Boyle has signed a two-year contract extension to commit himself to the club until the end of 2016 at least.
The 26-year-old prop’s existing deal ran until the end of next season, but Boyle has been rewarded with an improved deal after producing a string of terrific performances following his arrival from Salford in April in a swap deal that saw Jake Emmitt move the other way, scoring two tries in 17 appearances.
Tigers’ head coach Daryl Powell said: “Ryan was one of the from props in Super League at the end of last season so I’m absolutely delighted that he’s agreed to extend his contract at Castleford for a further two years.
“I am sure that there is further improvement in him and I look forward to working with him in the coming seasons.”
Boyle said: “As a Cas lad it means a lot to be playing for the club so I’m over the moon about signing a new deal.
“I am enjoying rugby again which has contributed towards the improvement in my game and when Daryl and Danny Orr came in they took my game to a new level. In the last third of the season I was probably playing the best rugby of my career so far.
“We are a really tight knit group of lads who all get along really well and I think we are all benefiting from the systems that Daryl and Danny have introduced. I know there’s still room for improvement in some areas of my game so my main personal goal is to continue to improve and grow as a player under their guidance and to learn from them and my peers at the club.”
Boyle faces stiff competition if he is to be a regular starter at prop with new signings Andy Lynch and Scott Wheeldon brought in and the likes of Craig Huby, Nathan Massey, Dan Fleming and Grant Millington still at the club.
He said: “Everyone knows that next season will be really important for the club so we’ve spent some money and got some quality players on board.
“There’s going to be tough competition for places next season and that’s probably something that we have been lacking over the past few years and especially last season.
“Competition is going to bring out the best in everyone and it’s good that it will be that way – you would rather be competing in training to be playing at the weekend because at the end of the day it will bring out the best in you.
“We’ve got a lot of local lads in the pack too with the likes of Craig Huby, Nathan Massey, Daryl Clark, Adam Milner, Andy Lynch and Oliver Holmes. Every time that we go out and play everyone gives their all for the team, but with us Cas lads and the surrounding area it’s sure to mean that little bit more to us.
“We’re going to be competing each and every time that we come together, whether that’s in training or during a game. We will all want to play each week and it’s going to lead to some tough calls for the coaches, but that’s going to make us train and play better.”
Boyle believes the Tigers can have a good go at reaching the play-offs in 2014.
He added: “I’m really excited for next year, it’s a massive year for the club but we have to find some consistency in our game.
“We were inconsistent last year as we played well against the better teams but didn’t turn up against the teams who we had been expected to beat.
“We’re going to give it a good crack and I believe that the play-offs are well within our reach.”