Ex-Hull KR youngster reveals the player he wants to emulate as he joins Castleford Tigers because of two familiar faces

Castleford Tigers have followed up the signing of Jacob Hookem from Hull FC with former Hull KR youngster Bailey Dawson today.

The former Midlands Hurricanes player spoke after making the move and revealed that he has worked with two of the current Tigers coaching staff in the past who helped convince him to join the Tigers on account of having familiar faces at the club.

“I started when I was about 8 at Skirlaugh Bulls and stayed there for all of my community rugby. I then got a scholarship with City of Hull Academy, that was a good experience. I was with Danny Wilson and Rob Nickolay so I’ve got familiar faces here now. Then I went to Hull KR and had two years there in the academy and one year in the reserves and training with the first team.

“I came through the system when Danny, Rob and Matty, Lee, and Andy were all Hull coaches, they’re good lads and hopefully I can get my opportunity here. There’s a lot of hard work to be done in pre-season and throughout the season, and I’m willing to put in that work.”

He also revealed the player at the Jungle he wants to emulate:

“Kenny Edwards is a player I’d like to play with, he skips around a lot and he’s kind of a free back-rower and I like that a lot. He plays the game hard so he’s definitely someone I’ll be looking up to and to learn off.”

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