Castleford Tigers have announced the signing of Gareth Widdop from Warrington Wolves this evening.
The halfback’s arrival follows that if potential halfback partner Jacob Miller from Wakefield on Tuesday and Leeds prop Muizz Mustapha on Monday as the Castleford 2023 squad takes shape.
The move sees Widdop move back to him home county of Yorkshire having made his name in the NRL prior to three years in Warrington.
On the move Widdop said: “I’m really excited to extend my career for another couple of seasons at such a great club. It means a lot.
“They’ve put faith in me to bring me across to Castleford, hopefully, I can bring a lot of experience from my career. I’m really excited to get started with the club.”
On being back in Yorkshire, he said: “It’s very pleasing, a lot of my mates and some of my family are big Cas fans so I might get a few more to the game than I did when I was over at Warrington! It’s great to be back in Yorkshire and closer to home, I really can’t wait to get started.”
Though the signing was expected, it somewhat bucks the trend of Castleford’s expected 2023 recruitment set to be focused on younger players despite the arrival of two veteran halfbacks.
Widdop will bring first and foremost plenty of star quality but also a lot more as he explained:
“I’d like to think I can bring a lot of experience. I’ve been fortunate to play at the highest level for a number of years now and play in some really big games. On a personal level, I base my game on competing and working hard and that’s where my game starts. With my knowledge of playing the game for a long time, I hope I can work with the boys well.
“We already have a great team and some good players, if I can add that extra one percent to improve the team then we’re going in the right direction.
“You have your individual aims, I’ve always based my game on being consistent, I don’t want my good games and bad games to be too far apart. Consistency is big in life and in any sport and if can be a consistent player week in and week out, doing my job, doing my role for the team, it’s only going to be beneficial.”
Cas fans should be excited to see him play for the club whilst he’s excited to feel their famous atmosphere.
“I’m really excited to come and be around the Cas fans. As I’ve mentioned before I have some close family friends who are really big Cas fans and when I came to play here last year, they gave it me from the stands!”