Castleford Tigers have made a number of exciting signings for the new season including the versatile Leeds Rhinos youngster Jack Broadbent and speaking on Tigers TV, Tigers boss Lee Radford spoke highly of Broadbent.
He said: “I have been really impressed with him in pre-season, he’s incredibly fit and very confident and a good communicator.
“Sometimes it’s a detriment but whatever position he goes to he does really well and hopefully he can become a starter and nail down a position and the opportunity is there.
“He has impressed the players and coaching staff.”
Last night Broadbent was given the number 17 shirt as his former Leeds teammate Muizz Mustapha took the number 20 shirt.
Another former Rhino though is battling injury at Castleford in the shape of Callum McLelland.
“Really disappointing,” Radford said, “we signed him on the impression that he would be back last April. To lose another half for the season was disappointing, then it was all systems go for this year.
“We need a progression in him.
“It’s one of them, I don’t want to predict something and it doesn’t come off.
“With Danny Richardson being out for the season with his injury, we’re short in that position already.”
McLelland will wear the number 18 shirt in 2023.
The Tigers could do with both Broadbent and McLelland as Radford moves to wrap his halfbacks in cotton wool:
“It’ll be a big squad with a lot of interchanges but the core of the squad will be playing but there will be some players who won’t play who we can’t afford to get injured who will be wrapped up in cotton wool until our last friendly against Huddersfield.
“Our two halfbacks won’t be participating and probably won’t do until Huddersfield and Niall Evalds is probably in that bracket as well.
“Paul McShane will be wrapped up in cotton wool, he is really valuable and I’m not saying other blokes aren’t but he plays a specialist position where we haven’t got much depth.”