Lee Radford has continued his rebuilding of the Castleford Tigers backroom, with the appointment of two new members of staff.
England Knights Strength & Conditioning Coach Adam Whitney will be Castleford’s Head of Strength & Conditioning, whilst Danny Blundell joins the Tigers from Wigan Warriors as the club’s new Head of Analysis.
Whitney boasts an impressive amount of rugby league Strength & Conditioning experience with seven years spent at Hull FC, over three years as the England Knights conditioning coach, and has spent time working at the University of Las Vegas and Loughborough University, where he oversaw their performance sports teams.
The Tigers’ new Head of Strength & Conditioning insisted that the opportunity to work at Castleford and with Lee Radford was one he was incredibly keen to take.
“I’m extremely excited and glad to be on board with a club that has so much history and so many passionate fans,” Whitney told castlefordtigers.com.
“I have worked with Lee previously at Hull FC, about seven seasons, so I know him very well. He is a great person to work for, and brings out the best in others as he is very passionate in what he does.
“I grabbed the opportunity to work for Castleford Tigers with both hands when the chance arose. Getting to working with people like Andy Last, Lee Radford, and Danny Wilson again as well as new staff members and players is certainly something I’ll relish.”
Danny Blundell joins the Tigers after two seasons with Wigan Warriors, during the period in which they won the League Leaders’ Shield in 2020. Speaking about joining Lee Radford’s coaching team Blundell said: “I’m really excited to be here, it’s a great club to be at with a great fanbase – it’s always loud when I’ve come here before. It is a great atmosphere, on game day, it is bouncing and it’s going to be a great club to be a part of.
“It’s a different opportunity, a fresh start with new coaches coming in, Lee’s won back-to-back Challenge Cups, Andy Last is England Assistant Coach, Matty Crowther is the England physio, it’s a great staff to be a part of. With the signings Lee has made it is going to be an exciting time for Cas.
“I had a great relationship with Adrian Lam, worked with their assistant coaches Matt Peet, John Winder and Sean O’Loughlin, I learnt an awful lot off them. I think it was a fantastic opportunity for me to go my separate way, come closer to home and work with some great coaches and players here.”