Hull FC’s Jake Connor set for shock move against Castleford Tigers

Lee Radford will be heading back to the MKM Stadium for the first time as Castleford Tigers boss tomorrow night.

Radford was infamously sacked live on TV by chairman Adam Pearson back in 2020, but he has fond memories of his time at the East Yorkshire club.

The former Bradford Bulls prop forward had a good relationship with the Hull players and has revealed that Jake Connor will be playing tomorrow night – but in the halves after the two engaged in a texting conversation this week.

“He’s back and is playing in the halves,” Radford told BBC Radio Leeds.

“He’s messaged me five or six times this week telling me how good he’s going to go. He’s going to have to defend this week is Jake.

“I told him I’ll be sending plenty of traffic his way. He said he’s going to play hide and seek.

“We want to make it as tough as we possibly can for him.”

Despite his exit from Hull, Radford looks back on his time at the MKM Stadium in a positive manner considering his longevity there.

“I made some friends for life there,” Radford continued. “I had 20 years at the club – I spent half my life there.

“Playing there was a fantastic experience. I managed to walk my lad out in a Challenge Cup final as a player, and walked out in a Grand Final as a player for the club.

“I had a final as an assistant and two finals as a head coach, so I’ve got very fond memories.”

Castleford have been doing it tough so far this year with injuries with Jake Trueman and Ryan Hampshire out for the season, but Niall Evalds has now been added to that list following a devastating injury suffered in the win over Warrington Wolves last weekend.

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