Shenton sticks with Tigers
Castleford keep hold of 21-year-old despite interest from the Bulls
Last Updated: June 24, 2008 2:42pm
Shenton: Came through the junior ranks at the Jungle
Centre Michael Shenton has committed his future to Castleford by agreeing a new two-year deal with the Super League club.
"It's been hard this year but I know that the club has very high ambitions. We have had some tough times and now I'm looking forward to being part of the good times that I believe lie ahead for us"
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The 21-year-old came through the academy ranks at the Jungle and is closing in on a century of appearances for the first-team.
Shenton has been in impressive form on the Tigers' return to the top-flight and was considered a strong candidate for the England squad to face France in the mid-season Test, though he missed out on selection.
Despite interest from Bradford, who saw him as an ideal replacement for rugby-union bound Shontayne Hape, Shenton has decided to stay put.
"It's good to have things sorted out and now I can look forward," he said.
"I'm pleased to be able to continue working with Terry and looking to keep on improving as a player.
"It's been hard this year but I know that the club has very high ambitions. We have had some tough times and now I'm looking forward to being part of the good times that I believe lie ahead for us.
"For the rest of this year though I am looking for us to get some more wins under our belt, finish the season positively and take some good form into the 2009 season."
Shenton joins loose forward Joe Westerman, another rising star of the British game, in signing a new contract with Castleford.
"Michael's re-signing is tremendous news for the club and we know the fans will be delighted that we have been able to secure him on this new deal," Tigers CEO Richard Wright said.
"We had set a number of priorities for player recruitment and his retention was up at the top.
"He is a very talented player who has shown great loyalty both now and in the past, and we feel sure that he will go on to earn international honours in the near future."