Castleford Tigers have announced former Hull FC boss Lee Radford as the man to succeed Daryl Powell as head coach, from 2022 onwards.
The 42-year-old left his role at Hull back in March 2020, despite having success in 2016 and 2017 with back-to-back Challenge Cup final success.
The former England, Bradford and Hull forward will replace Powell, who is heading to Warrington at the end of the current season.
“I like what the club is about,” Radford said of his appointment.
“From the outside it is a hardworking, honest, hard-faced club, and I think you know what you’re getting when you come here. I think all those descriptions suit me down to the ground.”
Powell has helped the Tigers become a force to be reckoned with in recent times, where they would almost routinely reach the play-offs, and also appeared in the Challenge Cup and Grand Finals in 2014 and 2017.
But Radford will be hoping to kick on from next season, and build an entertaining team like the one he oversaw at Hull, and Cas will almost certainly be an interesting bet on Betways app ahead of the 2022 season.
“I’m very aware of the brand of rugby that is played at this ground and it’s one I’m looking forward to having an effect on as well,” he added.
“The brand of rugby they play here, I’ve always enjoyed watching it from the outside. I’ve always enjoyed coming up against it and trying to stop it.
“The job Daryl has done has been great over the years. As a club they have been in that tier of the best of the rest behind a Wigan and Saints, and ultimately trying to break that ceiling is going to be what the challenge is.
“I wouldn’t be coming here if I didn’t have aspirations to break that ceiling of what is the top couple of sides in the competition at the moment.
“That is something we will be working tirelessly as a club and as a group to achieve.”