Gareth Widdop explains why he’s excited to play at “unique” Jungle & reveals special connection with Castleford Tigers

The Rugby League World Cup has now come to a close and a man who knows all about World Cups is now gearing up for Super League as the new season sits on the horizon.

That man is 2017 World Cup Finalists Gareth Widdop who since suffering that heartache for England has finally made the move to Super League.

The Halifax born halfback joined Warrington Wolves in 2020 but after three years he has returned to Yorkshire joining Castleford Tigers in 2023 playing alongside Jacob Miller who also arrives at the club after being signed by his former Hull FC boss Lee Radford from Wakefield Trinity.

Widdop has now begun pre-season training with the Tigers and opened up on the move revealing a family connection with West Yorkshire club.

“Half of my family are Cas fans as well which is great because now they won’t be hurling abuse at me from the sidelines and this time they’ll be on our side,” he joked on Tigers TV.

The former Warrington halfback also spoke about the prospect of playing at the Jungle.

He explained why he thinks he will love playing there as a Tigers player: “It’s a nice little ground, it’s unique, it’s a bit different.

“To go out there, the Cas fans are very loyal and I’m really excited to run out here in front of the fans.”

You can watch the full interview here.

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