This morning, Castleford Tigers announced the brilliant news that Kenny Edwards had signed a new three-year deal at the Jungle.
The back-rower has arguably been the West Yorkshire side’s best signing of 2022 with the 32-year-old currently on a year’s loan from Huddersfield Giants.
However, Castleford boss Lee Radford has revealed that when he was head coach of Hull FC, he had tried to sign to Edwards only to have been knocked back.
Radford told the Tigers’ website: “He’s been really good for us Kenny since he’s come through the door, I’ve got a good relationship with him, and I actually tried signing him previously whilst at Hull.
“He sort of epitomises a lot of what we want to be about in how he approaches training and the games as well. He’s been really, really good with the young fellas, quick to jump into them but he is also quick to pull them and do extras with them after sessions, whether that be skill or video, whatever it may be.
“I think from a senior bloke that is fantastic. I’ve made no secret that we want to try and get our youth structure better, we’re doing that, and having senior blokes like Kenny can really help that.”
Radford also waxed lyrical about how much he has fit in at the Jungle since moving and how much of a popular character Edwards is to have around the place.
“The age he’s at, he’s not played a lot of rugby for his age, it was only his 150th career game the other week. Although he is older, his actual footy age is much younger than that, I think.
“I think it’s a good fit, for what I look for in a player he brings a lot of those attributes, off the field he’s a champion bloke and been really good around the place, I think the boys have really taken to him as well.”