Jackson Hastings has impressed to say the least since making the move from Super League side Wigan Warriors to the Wests Tigers in the NRL.
Needless to say, Wests have endured a miserable few years and they haven’t reached the finals for a decade, but former Wigan and Salford Red Devils playmaker Jackson Hastings is certainly determined to shake that bad Tigers run of form off.
And, following an impressive first outing in a narrow loss to Melbourne Storm in round one, Hastings will be given the goal kicking duties over Luke Brooks.
Brooks took on the role following Hastings’ leg niggle, but fully fit and raring to go, the 2019 Man of Steel will be aiming for the posts in this Sunday’s fixture against the Newcastle Knights.
After impressing in his first outfit in a Tigers shirt, there is a great deal of positive publicity surrounding Hastings at present.
“He did (look good), he did, I wasn’t sure what to expect with Jackson, he has probably developed as a person while he has been in the English Super League,” NRL legend Greg Alexander told Fox Sports.
“He left Manly under a bit of a cloud, there seemed to be problems over there, obviously watching Jackson play in the trial against the Roosters he is someone that can run a team so they have options in the halves.
“I was wondering how Douehi, Brooks, Jock Madden, Jackson Hastings was all going to fit under the puzzle and Jackson offers the Tigers some options as to whether he plays in the six or seven and I think he can handle both quite well.
“I think the English Super League has done him a world of good, he has probably grown up a fair bit and realised what it takes to be part of a team and where your focus needs to be.
“Jackson has seemingly learnt that over there and wants to make it in the NRL and I know it is only a trial game but his time back in the NRL is off to a good start.”