Jacob Hookem has completed the first big move of his career moving on from Hull FC to the Castleford Tigers.
Excited by the move, Hookem already has a plan B as he studies at university:
“I’m studying with University Centre Leeds and the Foundation as well, that side of things and the playing side go hand in hand. I’m currently doing a university sports coaching course.
“It’s really important. Rugby isn’t forever so having a back-up plan and something to fall back on is great. Having the chance to do it at Castleford to potentially be a professional rugby player but also get my degree is beneficial.”
But first thing is first, he is keen to impress Lee Radford in pre-season:
“First of all, I want to have a good pre-season and impress Radders and the coaches and hopefully I can push on and get some first team games. I’ll aim to hit the ground running during the pre-season games if I get the opportunity and I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Cas fans!”
He is one of a number of young British players Castleford have brought to the club for 2023 after the arrival of Leeds Rhinos duo Muizz Mustapha and Jack Broadbent.