Castleford’s Jacques O’Neill admits he has team-mates Paul McShane and Adam Milner in his sights after agreeing a new deal.
The hooker or back rower has signed a contract will keep him at the Tigers until the end of 2020, and he is eager to play a more regular role in the first team after breaking through this year.
O’Neill said: “I’m really happy to sign again with a great club. I’ve been here four years now and am starting to get a look in at first team level.
“Every time I’ve played I’ve enjoyed it more and more but this deal doesn’t make me feel any more comfortable.
“I’ve just got to keep working hard and keep chasing Macca (Paul McShane) and Adz (Adam Milner) for a place in the team.
“I know I’m behind them at the moment and I need to keep chasing them, they’re two of the best players in the league and I’ve learned a lot off them both.
“They’ve taught me lessons that I had to learn and without them I don’t think I’d be here now.”
Coach Daryl Powell added: “I’m really pleased for Jacques as it’s been tough for him this year.
“He hasn’t really played that much rugby league and we’re then asking him to go into the Super League arena and compete, but he’s done a great job.
“He’s a tough character, he can play 9 and 13 and he’s done well in both roles so I’m delighted he’s agreed to extend for another year.
“Next year is a big year for Jacques, he’s got something a bit different about him to the other options we’ve got in those positions and I’m looking forward to seeing him develop further into next year as we move through this next pre-season.”