Sam Tomkins announced his retirement on Sky Sports on Friday evening live on Sky Sports.
The England captain will combine an off-field role next season alongside the punidtry work he has taken to like a duck to water in recent seasons since taking up the mic.
One for bold statements, Tomkins has put his thoughts out there on who should be appointed Castleford Tigers’ new head coach.
Lee Radford departed the club earlier this week after just three games, but Tomkins doesn’t believe a complete overhaul of the coaching team is needed at the Jungle.
Radford’s assistant Andy Last has taken interim charge and Tomkins believes he should be given the job on a full-time basis having learned his trade as an assistant for many years.
“For me I say stick with Andy Last. He’s got a lot of experience of being an assistant, very little experience of being a head coach but he’s been around some great structure and great environments,” said Tomkins.
He added: “I’ve witnessed first hand with him in the England set-up, Andy Last is the assistant in the England team, and Shaun Wane is a head coach but he leaned on Andy Last so much in the last year.
“And he delivered, he gave us some great gameplans. He’s a very intelligent coach and for me I think he’s the perfect man for the job.”
Unfortunately for Last, his first game in charge did not go to plan as Castleford went down 36-6 to Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium in another disappointing display.