Castleford hooker Adam Milner has turned his back on the NRL, signing a three-year deal to remain a Tiger until at least the end of the 2021 season.
The 26-year-old has impressed all season long helping the Tigers consolidate a position towards the top of the table, although he did seriously consider moving to Australia to fulfil his “boyhood dream” of playing in the NRL.
“It’s tempting when NRL clubs come in declaring their interest,” Milner told bbc.com.
“I sat down with my agent at the end of last season and we thought there was an opportunity to fulfil a boyhood dream of mine and go challenge myself in the NRL, but Cas have been good and have been very patient with me, and I’m really happy I have signed and got my future sorted here.”
Milner would have followed in the footsteps of Leeds star Ryan Hall, who earlier in the week confirmed his move to Sydney after a phenomenal Super League career.
However, Milner couldn’t leave the Tigers and has committed his future to the club, which is something that has thoroughly pleased Castleford’s director of rugby Jon Wells.
“It is rare these days in Super League for a club to be able to keep their top talent from the lure of the NRL, and yet that is precisely what we have done in securing Adam’s signature on a new long-term contract,” Wells said.
“I think it sends a clear and bold statement about our ambitions as a club and I am delighted that Adam will now move into the best years of his career as a Castleford Tiger.”