Castleford Tigers appoint two-time Challenge Cup winning coach from 2022 season

CHALLENGE CUP winning coach Lee Radford will take over as head coach at Castleford Tigers at the end of the Super League season.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 11:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 11:30 am
Lee Radford. Picture: Allan McKenzie/

The former Hull FC boss will join the club on an initial two-year deal with current coach Daryl Powell set to join Warrington Wolves ahead of the 2022 campaign.

The 42-year-old enjoyed a decorated playing career with both Hull FC and Bradford Bulls where with the former he lifted the Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge trophies and won the Super League title twice.

A former captain for the Black and Whites, he moved into their coaching setup at the end of 2011 and was named their head coach in 2013.

He won back-to-back Challenge Cups with Hull in 2016 and 2017 before leaving the club during the 2020 season.

“I’m really excited for the opportunity with a fantastic club and I’m really looking forward to taking up the challenge," said Radford.

“I like what the club is about, 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.

“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.

“How they play 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.”