Castleford sign second Huddersfield player

Castleford have confirmed the signing of utility Jordan Turner from Huddersfield on a one-year deal.

The 31-year-old centre or halfback adds plenty of experience to the Tigers’ backline, with over 300 Super League appearances to his name after spells with Salford, Hull FC, St Helens and the Giants.

He becomes Daryl Powell’s third new signing this week, joining Huddersfield teammate Suaia Matagi and young Hull forward Lewis Bienek in making the move to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

“I didn’t have to think too much about making the decision after speaking to Daryl (Powell) and I’m really happy to be here,” Turner said. “I’m excited about the coming season, the squad that we have got, and I think we can really push on at the higher end of the table at the end of next year.

“There’s some really good players here in the backline at Cas and I want to come in and add to that, there is some players that have been around for quite a few years and although I’ve been about a bit and played a lot of games I am still looking to learn off other people.

Turner is a centre by trade, but can also play in the halves and back row. Credit: Mark Cosgrove/News Images

“One of the things that really excited me was the spine of the team such as the major coup of Niall Evalds who was pretty sought after.

“I think Niall probably could have had his choice of clubs and he chose to come to Cas, then Jake Trueman, Danny Richardson and Paul McShane – the spine is so strong and I think it’s one of the main things for going on and doing something well, when you’ve got a strong spine then everyone else going on around it sort of gets on board to be as good as they can be.”

Tigers head coach Powell added: “Once we realised that Cheyse Blair was definitely going to be a back-rower for us, we were short in the centre and I think this is an important signing to stiffen us up competition wise.

“If you look across our squad we will have strength and depth in every position which is something which I think potentially we didn’t have last year at halfback and centre, areas where we got caught out a bit. So, Jordan will be an important signing for us.”

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