Andy Last says young Castleford Tigers star has opportunity to star in 2023

Yesterday there was one young player who stood out in the eyes of stand in coach Andy Last.

New signing Jacob Hookem from Hull FC is a young man who started at scrum-half as the Tigers lost 26-10 to Featherstone Rovers.

Hookem has plenty of halfbacks to compete with. Gareth Widdop has joined from Warrington Wolves and Jacob Miller from Wakefield Trinity.

They already have ex-St Helens man Danny Richardson and former Leeds Rhinos man Callum McLelland.

However, Last revealed yesterday on Tigers TV that there would be an opportunity for Hookem in 2023:

“He should have a real opportunity next season, he has come to us from Hull FC. I know Jacob well from my time there, he came and played some first grade games for them and he had an outstanding game at the end of last season against Wakefield.

“I was Wakefield assistant that night in 2021 and he was probably the best player on the pitch that night for Hull. He showed some nice touches that match.

“He’s a real competitor. He showed some nice touches. He probably played a bit erratic in that first half but I thought he controlled things really well in the second half. There is an opportunity there and what he did today will stand in him good going forward.”

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