Lee Radford reveals how many signings will be made at Castleford Tigers for 2023

Lee Radford knows all about recruitment having been head coach of Hull FC for a number of years.

After rejecting a move to Dallas rugby union, Radford is now at the helm of Castleford Tigers and in his first off-season brought in a number of signings.

The likes of Mahe Fonua, Jake Mamo, Kenny Edwards, Callum McLelland and George Lawler all made the move to the Jungle whilst those such as Oliver Holmes and Peter Mata’utia exited.

For Radford going into the 2023 Super League season, he wants his recruitment done quickly, but has envisaged a large turnover of players at the club.

“It’s (the transfer market) getting a little bit busier and a little bit faster,” Radford told BBC West Yorkshire Sport.

“It’s a funny one; there are two ways you go about your recruitment, you get it done early and know what you’ve done at the risk of losing a bargain at the end of the year or you hold out and see if anything crops up and it doesn’t.

“I’ve always done my recruitment and retainment early for the purposes of planning.”

When asked if he expects a big turnover, Radford said: “There will be five or six give or take.”

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