Andy Commits To The Tigers

Castleford are very pleased to announce that their 22-year-old prop forward Andy Lynch has signed a new two-year deal with the Tigers which will take him to the end of the 2004 campaign. Lynch, who joined the club from junior rugby in East Leeds in 1996, has graduated through the Tigers Academy ranks and this year has established himself in the first team starting line up and as one of the most promising young props in the game.

Lynch said: ?I?m very happy that my contract has been sorted out and to have signed a new deal with the Tigers. I?m enjoying it at the club, we have a good set of lads here, and with the contract signed now I can get on with the business of playing."

?I?m looking forward to maintaining my place in the first team and helping to take the club forward to the top-six and keeping us there.?

Tigers coach Graham Steadman said: ?Having worked with Andy over the past four years it has been very pleasing and encouraging to see him develop into a front line forward. His form of late has been good and has seen him firmly established in the first team. Andy?s re-signing sends out a good message to the younger guys that if they show the right attitude and approach in all aspects of training then the opportunity is there for them.?

Tigers spokesman David Smart said: ?The Tiger's young stars are playing a big part in our recent run of good form and Andy?s re-signing, following on closely from that of winger Waine Pryce, underlines the clubs commitment to keeping our rising young stars at the club.?