Castleford confirm signing of Alex Sutcliffe from Leeds

Drew Darbyshire

Castleford have confirmed the signing of Alex Sutcliffe from Leeds on a two-year deal, with a further two-year option in the club’s favour.

The 22-year-old came through the system at Leeds and has made 15 first team appearances so far – including playing in their Challenge Cup final success in 2020.

Sutcliffe, who can play centre or back-row, has also enjoyed time on loan with Featherstone in the Championship, scoring 16 tries in 20 games for Rovers.

On his move to Castleford, Sutcliffe said: “I can’t wait, I am really looking forward to it and I’m itching to get going. I can’t wait to get in and meet all the lads and have a big 2022.

“I have always admired how Castleford play and I love the fans there. I love how vocal they are especially down at Cas with the fans being so close to the pitch because it is like having an extra man on the field. The fans are such a big part of it, for me.

“I have been the 18th man a few times and it is an intimidating place to go. It makes a massive difference with how loud they are.”

Incoming Castleford coach Lee Radford said: “I’m surprised we had the opportunity to pick Alex up, he is a fantastic young player that can flip between second row and centre, but I would love for him to nail down a second-row spot.

“I think he has all the physical attributes and the skillset to be able to play there. If you go at him, he’ll whack you because he’s got a shot on him as well.

“I am over the moon to have secured his services because there is a long-term future for him at Castleford Tigers.”