Bradford confirm signing of Castleford star Jake Webster

Drew Darbyshire

Bradford have signed centre Jake Webster from Castleford on a two-year deal from 2019.

The 34-year-old will leave the Tigers six seasons after he arrived from Hull KR. Webster has made 120 appearances in the Black and Amber.

Webster made 67 appearances in the NRL for Melbourne Storm and Gold Coast Titans, before he joined Hull KR, where he played 105 games.

On departing Castleford, he said: “I have a very heavy heart leaving Castleford.

“The biggest memory from my time here at Castleford will be the fans in the stands. They’ve been fantastic, and they follow us everywhere we go. That’s why I spend so much time after the game with them, ultimately, we’re out here playing for them.

“Winning the League Leaders’ Shield will always stick out at the pinnacle of my time here at Castleford. I’d like to thank all the fans and all of the staff and coaches here at Castleford for their support over the years.”

Bulls head coach John Kear is made up to have signed Webster, who has earned 10 caps for New Zealand.

Kear said: “We’re glad to bring a player the quality of Jake on board. He’s going to play a huge role in our squad next year, bringing a lot of experience to the back line.

“We have built our Season Ticket campaign around the character and values of our Supporter Base and reciprocating their loyalty. Signings and additions to our club of this quality are all a part of that and we’re happy and heading forward strongly as a club.

“I’m really pleased to secure this deal. I have always admired Jake. He is a player that is a huge threat to any defensive line and sets a good example as a professional and leader.

“We know what is required and expected of players in the Bradford Bulls shirt and with the support of our fans we are able to build and add to a squad that I know will stand us in good stead for the campaigns ahead.”