One of Lee Radford’s big focuses going into 2023 was to recruit young British players at Castleford Tigers to ensure the club had a bright future as well as a promising present.
The likes of ex-Leeds Rhinos duo Jack Broadbent and Muizz Mustapha were signed alongside young Hull FC halfback Jacob Hookem who, alongside Broadbent, debuted in the halves against Featherstone Rovers on New Year’s Eve last week and he was “over the moon” with it as he said to Tigers’ TV:
“Yeah I’m really over the moon with my debut to be honest.
“For a first hit out with all the boys, I thought it went really well. The senior boys started really well and the younger boys who came off the bench added something to the team, so I am really happy as a whole.”
The halfback would go on to explain how the coaches were key to his decision to make the move on a day where assistant Andy Last took charge of the team in Radford’s absence still in Samoa after the Rugby League World Cup.
He said: “When the move to Cas came about I was really happy to work under, under the likes of Lee Radford and Andy Last.”
He also laid down his goals for the new year: “I want to be consistent and performing and leading the team around the park and finishing my sets well.”