Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton has been granted a Testimonial and will kick it off with a game against Toronto Wolfpack.
Shenton, who made his club debut in 2004, left to join St Helens for two years before returning to the Mend-a-Hose Jungle in 2013.
The centre has been an outstanding servant for the Tigers and holds the club record for most Super League appearances during a 15-year career that has seen him play over 300 games for Castleford, crossing for over 100 tries.
He made his first team debut for the Tigers against Wigan in 2004 after progressing through the Academy setup.
In recognition of his contribution to the club, Shenton has been granted a testimonial in 2020 that will include a fixture against Toronto Wolfpack at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday, 19th January with a kick-off time of 2pm.
Shenton told the club website said: “I wanted to start by saying thank you to everybody who’s helped out so far with my testimonial. It’s only being released now but there’s been a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes to get this done.
“It’s been an honour for me to represent the club in the role that I have done. It’s developed me as a player and as a person and I absolutely love the place to bits and the boys we’ve got here.
“I’m really excited for the Toronto game, they bring a lot of excitement and expectation with them, so I hope the fans will come down to support me and the rest of the boys, and see what Toronto are about.
“You could say a testimonial game is about that individual player but I don’t think so, I think it’s about the team and our preparations for the new year. We’re going to have a pretty strong side out for it and I know Daryl wants to play a side that he’s more than likely going to go with for round one.
“I think it will be a smallish squad for us against Toronto and they don’t have a huge squad either so it’s pretty much going to be a Super League standard game two weeks before the competition starts.
“I thought I’d start my testimonial year with my game and get the biggest event out of the way with early. After that, we’re going to plan a few things such as a golf day and a dinner towards the end of next season.
“It will be a few big events rather than lots of little ones as I don’t want it to be too much of a distraction, I want my focus to be on having a good season.”
Further details on Shenton’s additional testimonial events will be confirmed in due course, along with the unveiling of his testimonial shirt to be worn by the Tigers in the fixture against the Wolfpack.