Ex-Salford Red Devils and Wigan Warriors halfback has left Wests Tigers in a swap deal which saw David Klemmer join the Tigers as Hastings moved on to Newcastle Knights.
It was a bold move from all parties involved and stems from Tim Sheens’ decision that he doesn’t want Hastings as his seven putting his faith in Luke Brooks until the club brings in Mitchell Moses which is their aim for 2024.
It has certainly divided opinion after a successful year for Hastings in a tough year for the Tigers.
Former Hull KR boss Sheens has “congratulated” Hastings on the move according to the Daily Telegraph.
He said: “I don‘t blame Jacko, he wanted to play seven and (Newcastle) offered him a seven jumper. He was in our plans to be 13, but he’s off to Newcastle to play seven and we wish him well.”
“We needed a bit of experience in the front row, we’ve got some great kids coming through in our 20s and our State Cup, but some more experience in there was something we were looking for and he fits the bill really well,” Sheens said.
“I‘m looking forward to having him in the joint. He’s got lovely hands, he can play footy, he’s big and he’s fit. He won the Knights player of the year and he’s a quality person, having met his wife and family.
“I enjoyed the time I had with him in the Australian side when he was younger and I‘m comfortable we’ve got ourselves a strong buy that will help lead the forwards.”