Exclusive: Jordan Rankin reveals why he left Castleford Tigers and opens up on Hull FC experience

Jordan Rankin will be remembered fondly on UK shores after having three different spells in Super League.

First, he came to Hull FC back in 2014, spent two seasons at the MKM Stadium before returning home to Australia.

Then, Rankin made the switch to the Huddersfield Giants in 2017 and then moved on-loan to the Castleford Tigers in 2019.

He scored 10 tries in 28 appearances for Castleford, but left midway through the 2020 season after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK hard.

And, Rankin has admitted to Serious About Rugby League that he would probably still be at the Jungle if personal issues hadn’t have taken precedence.

“We went back to Australia for family reasons,” Rankin said.

“My partner’s grandfather wasn’t well so we made the decision at the start of the pandemic to come back home.

“If it wasn’t for those circumstances I think there’s a high chance we would still be there now – but these things happen and family always come first.”

As well as one-and-a-half seasons with the Tigers, Rankin first came to Super League in 2014, playing 50 times for Hull FC and scoring 24 tries and kicking 50 goals.

“I absolutely loved my time playing in the Super League.

“The atmosphere, the fans, the clubs I represented all were amazing.

“Hull FC was an amazing experience being so young coming over to the UK.

“Cas was just a special period in my life where I had my partner and little girl with me living that journey so those two clubs hold a very special place with me.”

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