Michael Shenton currently sits on 299 Super League games and is set to join the 300 game club against Leigh Centurions in Round 1
Shenton, 30, is the current captain of the Castleford tigers and had his 2016 season ended before it began.
Shenton injured his anterior cruciate ligament in his Tigers’s opening match against Hull KR with a bone crushing tackle from John Boudebza who was later charged by the Rugby Football League’s match-review panel with a grade B offence of making dangerous contact.
But Shentom will now get to play his 300th game Friday night and will go down as one of the best centers in the games history.
Shenton was born 22 July 1986 in Pontefract, West Yorkshire and is a product of the Tigers Academy set up, and signed with the Castleford’s first grade side and started his professional career in 2004.
Shenton made his Castleford Tigers Debut against the Wigan Warriors, on 1 May 2004, in a 28 v 42 defeat. Shenton was also a member of the winning U18’s Academy Grand Final Side that played against St. Helens.
Shenton played in the 2011 Super League Grand Final in his first season with Saint Helens, scoring a Try in what was a convincing loss to the Leeds Rhinos 16-32.
Shenton went on to make 153 appearances scoring 93 tries over a seven year period before signing a 3-year deal with St Helens, where he made 58 appearances for the saints and added 20 tries in his two seasons with St Helens before returning to Castleford with still a year on his contract.
Shenton decided to return to his former club the Tigers on a four year deal that would tie him the end of the 2016 season.
With a year left on his contract Shenton signed a contract extension that will now extend his stay until at least the 2019 season.
Shenton has added 88 games and 37 tries to his first grade career and the Castleford Captain will look to add to that total this season.
Shenton has represented England on 9 occasions between 2008-14 where he has scored 3 tries for his country. The 30 year old has not given up hope of playing for England once again as he makes his return from his knee injury.
Shenton was named in the 2014 and 2015 Super League Dream Teams and was expected to make it three in a row until his knee injury ruined any hope of doing that.
Shenton has played 299 games and has scored a remarkable 150 tries and we wish him all the best as he breaks into the 300 club and lead his Tigers hopefully to a top 4 finish in 2017.