Jake Mamo’s shock decision to retire from rugby league has been confirmed by interim Castleford Tigers Head Coach Andy Last.
When Last came into the vacant role on an interim basis Mamo was out of the side already.
The former Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves outside back joined the Tigers after a brilliant 2021 season with Warrington where he cemented himself as a centre having previously been a utility player or a fullback in his days with the Giants.
He was a big signing for the Tigers replacing Peter Mata’utia who followed Daryl Powell to Warrington and replaced Mamo there.
Given the number four shirt, Mamo was unable to capture the form he had shown at Warrington in 2021 though there were glimpses.
Ahead of 2023 he was dropped to the number 21 shirt and admitted in interviews that he was now no more than a backup.
He did start the opening game of the season on the wing in place of Greg Eden and got over the whitewash and he was then sensational against Champions St Helens in Round Two except for being unable to turn his amazing breaks into tries.
Part way through that game he was taken off but when asked if it was down to performance then coach Lee Radford confirmed it was back spasms and would go on to say Mamo was “walking like Terminator.”
Mamo missed the defeat to Wigan Warriors in Round Three which would prove to be his last in charge.
Rumours then circulated that Mamo wanted a release from his deal ahead of the Round Four game against his former side Huddersfield Giants.
It was then reported that he wanted to retire though Andy Last pushed against this but today ahead of their game against Leeds Rhinos confirmed that Mamo was retiring to BBC Radio Leeds.
Now Mamo has released his own official statement on his retirement on the Tigers’ Website:
“There were a lot of factors that came into the decision with the main one being that I’ve suffered too many head knocks and injuries. I suffered a bad back injury in my last game against Saints and I couldn’t move for three days after that. I thought to myself that I never want to feel like that ever again.
“Rugby league has given me a lot and also given me the chance to move over here to the UK. I’ve had good relationships with fans at all the clubs I have been at and that is going to be the thing I miss the most, especially to the Cas fans who have been great to me over the last year and a bit.
“I look back on my time at Cas fondly and I have enjoyed my couple of years at the club but felt this was the right decision for me moving forward.”