Written by Callum Walker
Having made over 250 appearances for Castleford Tigers, 28-year-old Adam Milner is part of the furniture down at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle. But, with his contract up at the end of 2021, the hooker-turned-loose-forward is unsure where his future lies despite being keen to stay.
“I’d be more than happy to finish my career at Cas, it is all I have ever known since turning professional and having been at the club for more than ten years,” Milner stated to Everything Rugby League.
“I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly along the way and it is a club that will always have a huge place in my heart.
“I am also extremely proud to be a one club man, but I still feel as good as when I started so I would like to think there are plenty more years of playing Super League left in me. Who knows what the future will bring?”
On the field, the Tigers have failed to impress since lockdown, winning just two games from a possible ten. For Milner, however, he feels that the team hasn’t been far away in adding to their twelve-point haul in 2020.
“I could give you a list of reasons or excuses as to what’s gone wrong. We’ve had injuries, late fixture changes as well as people missing with COVID all of which haven’t helped our current situation.
“Ultimately though, we are two wins since the restart which isn’t good enough.
“If we are going to be positive though, if you look at the majority of games since the restart – apart from the latest Hull FC game – we have been close and haven’t been a million miles off.
“If key moments and decisions had gone our way then I believe we could easily be looking at being eight or ten points better off in the table or whatever that is points percentage wise.”
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One such area that Castleford have struggled in since 2017 has been the fullback position. Salford number one Niall Evalds is on his way for 2021, but with Jordan Rankin excelling before lockdown, his absence has been sorely missed according to Milner.
“Jordan was outstanding; fullback is a key position for us and he was an integral part of our attack.
“On reflection, I’d say he has been a massive loss for us.
“Having said that, Gaz (Gareth) O’Brien has done an excellent job for us as his replacement.”
This season will likely be the lowest position that the Tigers have finished since Daryl Powell took over as head coach back in the middle of 2013. But, the 28-year-old refused to look towards 2021 and spoke of his eagerness to get as many victories as possible before 2020 ends.
“I hate speaking about next year because this season hasn’t finished yet; there’s still plenty of games to be played.
“For me, playing the game I love is a privilege and you certainly realized that during lockdown as those were uncertain times.
“So I have every bit of determination to win every game from now on and to finish this season off as best as we can.
“Yes, it’s unlikely we will finish in the top four now, but who knows?
“And, it is massively important that we turn our current bad form around, so we can build some momentum going into next year.”