Castleford hooker Paul McShane signs five-year extension

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Castleford hooker Paul McShane has signed a five-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until the end of 2022.

McShane, 28, who joined the Tigers midway through the 2015 season from Wakefield – in an exchange deal with Scott Moore – had two years left on his contract but is delighted to extend his stay.

The former Leeds hooker played a significant role in the Tigers’ surge to their first league leaders’ shield in 2017 and was called into England coach Wayne Bennett’s elite training squad.

“I’m chuffed to bits to sign my new contract here,” McShane said. “It gives me five years to really crack on and settle into a place that I really enjoy playing. This deal will take me through the best parts of my career.

“We’ve got a great squad here and it makes the decision easier to stay. We have a great system here that suits the way I play. Coming to training every day is a joy! Last year was a successful year but we want to build on that and show that we are a consistent top-four side.”

Castleford head coach Daryl Powell said: “I am absolutely delighted that Paul McShane has agreed to extend his deal here at Castleford Tigers.

“He has become one of the leading hookers in world rugby league over the last year and I am confident he will continue to improve over the period of his contract and achieve his aims of being an international rugby league player.

“I look forward to working with Paul and helping him stretch the high standards he set himself on a consistent basis.”

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