Rugby league agent hails Castleford Tigers signing as former Sunderland goalkeeper given big chance

Castleford Tigers announced the signing of Whitehaven prop forward Kieran Hudson on a two-year deal earlier on this season.

Since then, Hudson has gone back on-loan with the Cumbrian side in a bid to get necessary experience whilst training with the Tigers in a full-time environment.

Last weekend, the powerful, 6’5 forward played for Haven against Bradford Bulls and thoroughly impressed, with his agent – Craig Harrison of Show Me The Money UK – waxing lyrical about his future within the game.

Harrison said on The Full Eighty Minutes podcast: “He is going to be some player, get ready.

“He’s only 21 and at this time it’s about building blocks, he will be full-time in five months, so watch what happens then.”

At the time of his signature with Castleford, Hudson said: “Lee (Radford) wants me to be around the lads and learn from the more experienced players and hopefully take some of their skills on board for me. I would say I’m fairly new to the sport, but I’ve got some transferable skills.

“Get some more game time under my belt, get that ball in my hands, and when I’m down in Cas just being around people and getting some experience and taking some of that knowledge back up north.”

Castleford Tigers Head Coach Lee Radford spoke about the news and said: “He has got some physical attributes that no coach can implement in someone. He is six foot five, he’s very aggressive in contact, and carries the ball as hard as he can, that acceleration into contact is exciting, and putting him in a full-time rugby environment for the first time will only benefit him.

“I didn’t spot him in goal for Sunderland, and whilst his background is not conventional, but Newcastle is an area where rugby league is trying to promote and grow the game, he’s come through that system and gone over to Whitehaven this season.

“With the games I have watched of him, and having met him, he seems a really nice kid and is willing to learn. With the middles we have at the club such as Westerman and Watts, hopefully, we can upskill him in his rugby IQ as well.”

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