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Jackson Hastings’ new boss gives honest opinion following transfer

Former Super League star Jackson Hastings has only been at the Wests Tigers for a few weeks, but he is already impressing the club’s hierarchy.

New director of football at Wests, Tim Sheens, has given a tell-all interview to the Daily Telegraph‘s Phill ‘Buzz’ Rothfield after getting settled into his role at Concord.

Rothfield had initially called Hastings a ‘troubled figure’, but Sheens was determined to express just how impressive the former Man of Steel has been since joining the club.

“He’s hit the ground running,” Sheens told the Daily Telegraph.

“I knew he would. In England he had a really tough gig at Salford.

“He walked in there and turned the place around on his own.

“Jackson can play nine, seven or six. He’s actually 103kg and could play lock as well. His defence is very strong.”

Glowing praise indeed from the coach that has steered Wests to their only NRL Premiership so far in their history, with Hastings determined to right a few wrongs from his first stint in Australia’s most prized competition.

The 25-year-old came to the UK shores back in 2018, after being granted a release from his contract by the Manly Sea Eagles.

At the Salford Red Devils, Hastings proved a masterstroke signing, helping to guide the club to a Grand Final in 2019, earning the Man of Steel and a move to the Wigan Warriors in the process.

Hastings proved a key signing in Wigan’s charge to the Grand Final in 2020, though on both occasions the Aussie and his clubs fell short.

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