Lee Radford speaks on Jake Trueman departure and halfback problem for Leeds Rhinos fixture

Yesterday there were two major Jake Trueman announcements.

First it was confirmed he’d suffered an ACL injury before it was revealed that he would be joining Hull FC in 2023 on a three year deal.

That means he’s played his last game for the Tigers and he did crown it with a spectacular try against Huddersfield which summed up the quality he’ll be taking to the MKM Stadium next season.

However, he’ll be a massive loss for the Tigers now and moving forward with Radford lamenting the injury both from his own and Trueman’s point of view when speaking to BBC Sport West Yorkshire.

“Not good for him and not good for us,” Radford said, “It leaves us really skinny in that position. It’s a part of the sport we play.

“To have two in a fortnight is what it is.”

He also had his say on Trueman’s departure and how he will be remembered moving forward: “He’s well respected in the changing room and the fans will show their appreciation. It should be all good. He’s done some really good stuff in years gone by.

“I think he’ll only remembered in good memories.”

Nonetheless, his injury leaves Castleford with a massive gap to fill in their side ahead of the clash with Leeds at the Magic Weekend on Saturday as both teams look to boost their play-off hopes with a win.

Speaking on how he’ll solve this problem, Radford admitted someone will have to play out of position: “All over the shop. Someone is going to have to play out of position.”

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