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Castleford sign highly-rated Super League rival

Castleford Tigers have secured the signature of Alex Sutcliffe on a two-year contract with a further two-year option.

The second row/centre came through the Leeds Academy system and has gone on to represent the Headingley club at Super League level and was part of the Rhinos’ Challenge Cup Final victory at Wembley Stadium in 2020.

Sutcliffe said he cannot wait to get started at the Jungle.

“I can’t wait, I am really looking forward to it and I’m itching to get going! I can’t wait to get in and meet all the lads and have a big 2022.

“I have always admired how Castleford play and I love the fans there. I love how vocal they are especially down at Cas with the fans being so close to the pitch because it is like having an extra man on the field. The fans are such a big part of it, for me.

“I have been the 18th man a few times and it is an intimidating place to go. It makes a massive difference with how loud they are.”

Lee Radford is taking the reins at Wheldon Road from 2022 and when asked about working alongside the two-time Challenge Cup winning coach, the 22-year-old explained that he can’t wait to be under Radford’s tutelage.

“He obviously was a really good player. I like everything with the way he sets things out, so I can’t wait for him to take me under his wing and make me a physically tough player. Personally, I prefer the second-row position because you are more involved and more in the nitty gritty stuff.

“I don’t mind a bit of physicality. I pride my game on it especially in my defence, but I don’t mind playing either centre or back row though.”

Having been with the Rhinos since he was a teenager, Alex has gone through the youth system and into their first team, and he has stated that his time at Leeds has shaped him as a player. Now Sutcliffe is excited to be linking up with the Tigers’ players.

“I have been with Leeds for eight years and have been privileged enough to win a Challenge Cup, so it’s been class. I owe a lot to them, and I have enjoyed my time.

“This season Cas have played a number of young players, and there is some really exciting talent coming through. I know Sam Hall and Brad Martin, who are young lads coming through and they look really good. It should be a good next few years for us.”

In closing, Sutcliffe addressed the Castleford faithful and put forward that he’s eyeing a successful future at Wheldon Road along with some silverware.

“I can’t wait to see you all and hopefully we have a good 2022. I hope we can go one better and win the Challenge Cup and then push on for even more.”

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