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Jackson Hastings bombshell

Jackson Hastings will forever be remembered in Super League as the man that reinvented himself after a troubled period in the NRL.

The elusive halfback joined Salford Red Devils midway through 2018 after a well publicised spat between himself and former coach Trent Barrett at the Manly Sea Eagles.

And, now Hastings has opened up on his childhood in a huge bombshell interview with 9News.

“I’ve always been a bit of a loner – I was an only child for a long period of time,” Hastings said.

“I had a narrow approach towards rugby league and I still don’t have many friends because I find it hard to let people in.”

Hastings revealed that he has got used to talking about his problems, instead of keeping them bottled up.

“I fight demons all the time, I have done since I was a kid.

“I’ve got deep seated stuff that I’ve got to deal with today, but instead of holding on to that, and instead of becoming a p***k, I let it out and let people in.

“As soon as people put their arm around me it changed me as a bloke.”

Growing up without a father figure has also affected the halfback.

“I didn’t have my dad around me, but I was very lucky because I had a great childhood.

“My mum did everything for me and I didn’t have a father figure.

“My dad was never in my life and was in America until I was 18 – we talk here and there, but we don’t have a tight knit bond by any stretch of the imagination.”

Hastings signed for the Wests Tigers ahead of the 2022 NRL season after three-and-a-half years in the UK.

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