Castleford Tigers latest signing shows maturity as he plans for the future after signing for West Yorkshire club

After signing two young players last week in the shape of Jacob Hookem and Bailey Dawson, the Tigers have added another young man in the shape of Ilikaya Mafi.

Like the other two young men, Mafi explained the advantages of gaining qualifications whilst being part of the Fords’ playing setup, by saying: “I’m doing the university program with the Tigers Foundation at University Centre Leeds which will be a big help for me in the future.

“I’ve got my level 3 sports diploma and I’m looking to get my sports coaching qualifications. It’s a good environment at the stadium and I’m surrounded by the whole team so it’s good.”

As all three have safeguarded their futures showing maturity beyond his years.

Mafi has also explained what he will bring to the club in 2023 and beyond:

“I’m powerful with good footwork at the line and I can move the ball about. In defence I can stay connected and I am a good hitter as well. I’m very excited and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

He again embodies the transfer policy ex-Hull FC boss Lee Radford has brought to the Jungle.

He has brought in plenty of young British players reducing the average age of the squad.

He already signed Leeds Rhinos duo Jack Broadbent and Muizz Mustapha who have huge potential and bring youth to the side.

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