Castleford Tigers have confirmed that Kieran Gill, who made his first team competitive debut last Sunday, has agreed a new one-year contract with the club.
Gill’s new deal will see him stay with the Tigers until the end of 2018 with the club holding the option to extend his contract a further two years.
The 21-year-old outside back has impressed while spending time out on loan with Oldham Roughyeds this season and scored a try on his Tigers debut against St Helens last weekend.
Unfortunately for the young centre, his debut for the Tigers will also be his last game of 2017 after he sustained a knee injury during the first half of the game, which will now see him sidelined for at least six months.
For the Roughyeds, Gill has scored five tries in just nine games including the memorable winner against Bradford Bulls.
Gill was a stand-out in the Tigers Academy side and was rewarded at 19 with a professional contract and he has been in and around the first team set up ever since. The former Lock Lane youngster initially made the move to Salford Red Devils when he was let go from Castleford’s scholarship only to return to the Tigers a year later.
Gill is delighted to sign his new contract extension.
He said: “It is a dream come true really, I took a long route in getting here but I’ve made sure that I believed in myself and I’ve work hard to get where I am.
“I’ve put a lot of hard work in and to be rewarded a new contract is amazing and to be given a new deal for my hometown club who I grew up supporting is great.
“I must say thanks to all the coaching staff at Cas and also Oldham for helping me keep achieving and progressing as a young lad in this game. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than Cas!”
On making his senior debut for Cas, Gill added: “When I scored I couldn’t believe that I managed to get over on debut.
“I couldn’t have dreamt that to happen but for it to happen at the Jungle where I was brought up in the crowd cheering the boys on was such an amazing feeling. To then walk back clapping the fans and them returning the applause was one of the best feelings ever.
“Hopefully I can score many more tries as a Tigers player and I will look to cement myself around the first team with more appearances by doing what I love.”
Tigers coach Daryl Powell said: “Kieran Gill is a young player with loads of potential.
“He showed in his debut last weekend that he is a player with a really bright future ahead of him. He’s tall and athletic with a great skills set, he can play in the centre and on the wing and I am delighted that he has agreed to sign.
“He’s one of the next cabs off the rank and obviously it’s disappointing he’s got this injury but this gives him confidence that he can get back and get into our first team next year.”
Tigers chief executive Steve Gill added: “I am pleased for Kieran to have signed a year extension at the Tigers.
“I know personally how much it means to him to play for his hometown club and how much he would have enjoyed scoring on his debut.
“It doesn’t seem all that long ago I was lining up with his dad, Roy, in the Normanton RLFC side in the 80s.
“I’d like to thank Oldham and Chris Hamilton for allowing Kieran to gain valuable first team experience with them this season.”