Castleford Tigers boss Lee Radford takes dig at Jake Connor ahead of Hull FC meeting

Currently, Lee Radford is the head coach of Castleford Tigers, sitting in fifth in the Super League table.

But, Radford is perhaps most well known for being Hull FC head coach – where he won back to back Challenge Cup Finals in 2016 and 2017.

However, the good times at the Black and Whites crashed and burned towards the back end of Radford’s tenure in East Yorkshire.

And, now the former Bradford Bulls forward has spoken out about his time at the club for the first time.

“At Hull you have to become immune, it is claustrophobic,” Radford told the Out Of Your League podcast.

“You would lose a game on a weekend and you would be in Asda the following Friday and fans would come and say ‘what happened last week?’ and I’d only just got over that.

“You have to give them the time or else you get called an arrogant f*cker. Hull is unique and a unique city in rugby league.”

The former Bradford Bulls prop forward had a good relationship with the Hull players and revealed that Jake Connor would be playing tonight – but in the halves after the two engaged in a texting conversation this week.

“He’s back and is playing in the halves,” Radford told BBC Radio Leeds.

“He’s messaged me five or six times this week telling me how good he’s going to go. He’s going to have to defend this week is Jake.

“I told him I’ll be sending plenty of traffic his way. He said he’s going to play hide and seek.

“We want to make it as tough as we possibly can for him.”

Radford did, however, take a dig at Connor wanting his players to attack him.

“I’ve not exchanged anything with him, he messages me far too much,” Radford joked on Sky Sports.

“He’s obviously pumped and I’m glad he’s playing tonight so we can throw some traffic against him.”

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