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Former Castleford Tigers star hints at Super League move

Jy Hitchcox has spoken exclusively to Serious About Rugby League about a possible move back to Super League.

The flying winger spent time at Championship side Featherstone Rovers before joining Castleford Tigers in the Super League, where he made a name for himself as one of the greatest finishers in the game.

Loan spells at Batley Bulldogs and Halifax followed before a loan to Bradford Bulls was made permanent ahead of the 2019 season.

A full season was spent at Odsal until Hitchcox went to the south of France to join Toulouse where he has been a consistent star in the club’s bid to reach the top flight.

Hitchcox scored 23 tries in 30 appearances for Castleford over a period of three seasons, helping the club to the League Leaders’ Shield in 2017 and playing in the Grand Final that year at Old Trafford.

But, now the winger is facing an uncertain future and called on those at the top to help with the situation.

“The main issue – besides there being limited quota spots across Super League – especially with Championship clubs is the budget cuts – clubs just can’t afford it,” Hitchcox said.

“And I think it’s hard to run both competitions and expect quality in both if the Championship can’t afford wages and the Super League won’t accept more quotas.

“I totally agree clubs shouldn’t be able to go and sign as many James Tedescos as they want because then the competition becomes lop-sided in the advantage of teams with the most cash.”

Hitchcox added: “But let’s be honest I’m no super star I’ve been here for 7 years and I’ve never been on huge cash – I just wanna play some footy.

“And I can’t be the only one in this position as I know there’s a lot dealing with similar issues.

“At some point it becomes non-feasible to try and afford to stay and play on a sports visa but not being not able to work and then still being expected to support your family.

“It’s some very strange times we are in.”

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