Matt Cook will always be a fan favourite down at the Jungle for Castleford Tigers fans.
Having signed for the club ahead of the 2015 Super League season from relegated London Broncos – where he had been captain – the prop forward was tipped to be a great squad player to have for Daryl Powell in his second full season in charge of the Tigers.
But, he became much more than that; instead, Cook became one of the Tigers’ most potent strike weapons off the bench, with a heart the size of a lion and a running game that devastated a number of defences in his wake.
And, Cook himself has revealed to Serious About Rugby League that he enjoyed the best rugby of his career at the Jungle.
“The six years I had at Cas were unbelievable, the best six years of my career without a doubt,” Cook said.
“Especially the 2017 season, what we achieved was a dream – we dominated the league all that season and won the actual league and League Leaders’ Shield for the first time in the club’s history.
“Getting to play in the maiden Grand Final for the club was unbelievable but it was shame we couldn’t go on and actually win it.”
The 35-year-old was also keen to point out that he made friends for life at Castleford.
“The entire six years I had at the club was special, I played the best rugby of my career and I’ve got friends for life there.
“I still talk to Michael Shenton, Grant Millington and Andy Lynch; there are so many boys I keep in contact with and they are friends for life.
“I envisioned playing there until the end of my career – I was never going to leave until they were ready to let me go.”