Castleford Tigers have this morning confirmed the signing of forward Grant Millington from the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
On the signing of Millington, another new recruit who adds further size to the Tigers ranks at 6ft”4in tall, head coach Ian Millward said:
“Grant likes to charge the ball in and tackle aggressively, he’s tough but he does have some skill, he has a pass to his game and an offload as well.
“He brings variation to our attacking game up front and he comes highly recommended by Ricky Stuart, his former coach at Cronulla; and also Trent Barrett who played with him there.
“They both said he has good knowledge of the game and they look upon him long term as a future leader with his understanding and input. They are all qualities that I was looking for especially with a lot of young forwards at the club. He has experience but at 25 you’d like to think he has his best years in front of him too.
“He had a contract with the Canterbury Bulldogs for 2012, but he had a shoulder reconstruction during the year and because of that he missed a lot of games last season. That opened his eyes, he’s always wanted to play over here in England and he asked for a release from the Bulldogs to join us, which they granted, and we are thankful for.
“It is more than likely he will miss the first couple of games, but I’m looking at the bigger picture with him. He played in all but one game for Cronulla in 2010 and we’ve covered every base with his medical; he’s well on his way to a full recovery.
“Hopefully we’ll be playing over 30 games next year and him missing the first couple shouldn’t be the main issue, it’s all about having him for the rest of the season and I’m confident he’ll be a good signing for us.”
Millington will arrive in this country as soon as his visa arrangements are finalised. He will continue to train with the Bulldogs until such arrangements are complete.