Castleford have had some superb - and some downright awful - overseas players that have donned the club's shirt. The likes of Tawera Nikau, Richie Blackmore, Tony Kemp, Adrian Vowles and Danny Nutley are often lauded for the impact they have had at Castleford and the legacy they have left. Yet, one man continues to enhance his reputation at the club and around the town: Grant Millington. Since his arrival in West Yorkshire ahead of the 2012 season, Millington has developed into one of the most intelligent and destructive forwards in Super League.

Arrival at Castleford

When Grant Millington joined the Tigers at the end of 2011, few fans expected him to have the impact he has had on the club.

He joined the club having played just under 60 NRL games in four seasons for Cronulla and then Canterbury. In his first few seasons in Castleford, Millington rarely showed glimpses of his current form, but then again, under then head coach Ian Millward, the Tigers were heading on a downward spiral and fast.

Daryl Powell's appointment as head coach midway through the 2013 season kickstarted the Tigers back into life with Millington at the very heart of this improvement. In 2014 when Castleford reached the Challenge Cup Final for the first time since 1992, the New South Wales-born prop flourished, becoming the beating heart of the Tigers pack.

Improvement year-on-year

When Millington first came to the club, he even said so himself that he would probably not stick around for too long; nearly seven years on and he is still here with his wife and a young family.

Millington's quality knows no bounds - in 2016 when injuries were aplenty within the Castleford squad, the prop forward actually played at half-back for some of the Tigers' games. Because Millington is a very intelligent player, the transition was not actually awkward and it was fascinating to watch a mobile prop forward try his hand as a playmaker.

Arguably, Millington had his best year in 2017 - as did most of the Castleford players. He registered 30 appearances last season and finally received recognition of his impressive form with a Super League Dream Team spot, having played a vital role in Castleford's top-of-the-table success for the first time in their 91-year history. He has bought into the family culture of the club and has settled perfectly at the club following a stressful few first years.

Despite having seemingly being around forever, Millington is still only 31 years of age and in August 2017, he signed a new three-year contract which will see him stay at the club until the end of the 2020 season at least. This will probably mean that the 6 ft 4, 112kg giant will see out his career at the Tigers. A physical, barnstorming forward with a sleight of hand and a sidestep that many three-quarters would be envious of, Millington has the ability to really underline his credentials as Castleford's best-ever overseas player in the next few seasons.