Matt Cook will always be a personal 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.
His commitment to the Castleford cause was evident as, when he spoke to Serious About Rugby League, the forward revealed that multiple clubs had got in touch to ask about potential moves – only for Cook to discard the offers.
“During my six years at Cas, there definitely was interest from a number of clubs, especially when the majority of my time at Cas I was only signing one-year deals,” Cook told Serious About Rugby League.
“We kept ticking over 12 months at a time, they were Super League clubs asking after me during the first five years there.”
The 35-year-old, however, stated that there was never any intention of leaving the Jungle whatsoever.
“I knew we were doing something special and I was playing some of the best rugby I’d ever played there.
“Powelly’s (Daryl Powell) vision and the club’s vision in contesting for silverware was what I strived for and there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to stay there.”