Lee Radford’s rival to secure the Castleford Tigers head coaching role revealed

Lee Radford was appointed as Castleford Tigers head coach back in April 2021.

The former Hull FC boss was gearing up to take a defence role at the Dallas Jackals in the USA, but felt that the offer to coach at the Jungle was too good to turn down.

However, when Castleford Lock Lane took on Rochdale Hornets in the Challenge Cup last weekend – a fixture Lock Lane ended up losing 28-12 – the commentator sat alongside main pundit George Riley, was Andrew Henderson.

After his exit from the Warrington Wolves was confirmed with Daryl Powell taking over from 2022 onwards, Henderson put his name in for the Castleford job.

Instead, the former Castleford hooker was turned down in favour of Radford, with Henderson then taking on the Head of Rugby role at Keighley Cougars.

For Henderson, he was humble about the decision and called on Tigers fans to be patient after a poor start to the season.

“It got down to myself and Lee Radford in the end,” Henderson told The Sportsman live on air.

“Obviously the powers that be felt that Lee was the right man for the job, but one thing I will say to the Cas fans is to stay patient.

“It’s early days, your season isn’t defined after one game.”

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