Castleford Tigers have announced Jacques O’Neill has agreed to a new two-year deal which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2023 season.
The 22-year-old is a proud product of the Tigers youth system, coming through both the Scholarship and Academy programmes before making his senior Super League debut in 2019.
It was in the truncated 2020 season where the Cumbrian-born player really made his breakthrough by adding 12 First Team appearances and two tries to his tally.
Despite it being a stop-start campaign so far for him in 2021 due to injury, O’Neill has been called up for the most recent England Knights squad alongside teammates Danny Richardson and Jake Trueman.
Reacting to the news, he said: “I’m over the moon to stay at Cas, I’ve been at since I was 15/16 and it has a place in my heart now, I wasn’t really looking to go anywhere else. I’m happy here and I want to keep progressing in my career here.
“I’ve been here since the Under 16’s and I feel like it is like my home club now, I’ve lived here six years, my mum lives here and it’s close to me.”
Incoming Head Coach Lee Radford added: “I like him, he is just full of energy, really game, plays with so much energy. Jacques is definitely someone that I am excited to coach because I think there is so much improvement in him as well.
“A type of player that the club needs around, especially in that position as well. It excites me that he is still young and there are areas of his game where he can get better at and hopefully, we can get the best out of him.”