Former Castleford Tigers player Paul Jackson has returned to the club after being taken on as the new player welfare manager.
The role helps players by looking after all aspects of welfare and delivers the Super League Player Welfare Policy, covering a wide range of topics including the promotion of good mental health, counselling and advice over lifestyle issues and assistance with education and future career opportunities.
It is a welcome return to Castleford for Jackson, who played for the Tigers 77 times during two periods at the club.
His first stint with Castleford started in 2003 and he stayed for two seasons. He re-joined Huddersfield, who he started his career with, returning to the Tigers in 2010 before leaving in 2012.
Since leaving Castleford, Jackson has played for Whitehaven and currently plays at Dewsbury Rams.
Tigers chief executive Steve Gill welcomed the appointment and the wealth of experience Jackson will bring to the role.
He said: “It’s great news Paul is returning to the club as the player welfare manager.
“Steve Ball (Tigers Trust) and Paul Howell (club chaplain) have done a great job for us and will continue to support Paul in this role. Paul’s experience and training will be very valuable to him and the club in this very important position.
“He came highly recommended and knowing him from his previous times at the club I am sure he’ll be a good appointment for the club and its players.”
Speaking on his appointment Jackson said:“I’m delighted to be joining the Tigers again, it’s a great club and I have many happy memories of my playing days here.
“I’ve been working alongside the RFL in a player welfare capacity for a while now, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know the boys here and helping them as best I can.”