Clarkson earns Cas contract
Posted: Thursday 14th February 2019 - 6:00 PM
Castleford Tigers have signed back rower Chris Clarkson on a short-term contract following a successful trial with the club.
The former Leeds Rhinos, Widnes Vikings and Hull KR forward has been training with the Tigers over the past six weeks and has impressed the coaching staff at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Clarkson has now signed a deal with the club until the end of the 2019 season and goes straight into the first team squad, taking shirt number 33.
The 28-year-old is vastly experienced having made well over 200 first team career appearances, including earning selection for England Knights in 2012, and provides added depth across the forward pack.
Speaking about the deal, Clarkson told castlefordtigers.com …
“I’m obviously very pleased to sign with the Tigers. It’s been a rough four or five months since leaving Hull KR but I’m very grateful to Cas for bringing me in and giving me this opportunity.
“There was a point there late last year that I didn’t think I’d be playing rugby league anymore to be honest. I love the game and coming to training with the lads has really confirmed to me that this is what I want to be doing.
“I’ve enjoyed my time here so far and I’ve tried to keep it to what I’d normally do and how I’d normally train, which I’d like to think is to a good standard anyway. I thought I would impress that way but it’s a great group and all of the lads and coaching staff have made it easy for me settling in.
“I’m familiar with all of the structures and stuff now and I’m ready if and when I’m needed by Daryl. I’ve been training in the back row and in the middle and I feel like I’ve got a good understanding of our plays and how the team clicks, but there’s still a bit to do in getting used to all the little details.
“I’m excited about that all coming together but I’m more relieved than anything, I know where my future is for now and the next goal is to earn something else on the back of that. I don’t see myself as a player that jumps from club to club, I see myself wanting to be here long-term so it’s a platform now to go out and earn that.”
The club’s Director of Rugby Jon Wells added:
“Chris joined us back in January on a trial basis, which was coming to an end this week. In the time that he has been with us the coaching team have seen potential in Chris to be a real asset to this club and with that in mind we are pleased that he has signed a deal until the end of the 2019 season.
“He is a proven Super League player who gives us competition for places right across the middle; and importantly he is a good person who has handled an uncertain period in his career with equal parts humility and a determination to improve and contribute to this team.”