Castleford sign Joe Westerman from 2022

Joe Westerman returns from international duty for Wakefield

Castleford have announced the signing of Joe Westerman from 2022 on a two-year deal.

Westerman, 31, began his career at Castleford, making his first-team during the Tigers’ Championship winning season in 2007, going on to  make more than 100 appearances for the club.

Since then, the England international has featured for Hull FC, Warrington and Toronto before joining Wakefield in 2020 on a two-year deal.

He said: “It’s been about 10 years since I last played at Castleford, and since I was a young kid, I have always supported Cas. My whole family around me support Cas so it will be good, and it is something I am really looking forward to.

“Cas has always been a big club in my eyes. From being a kid and supporting them to now, where they are up there with some quality players, it is really exciting. The standard is really high now and I just want to get there and play well for my hometown club next year.”

He continued: “I’m loving my time at Wakefield, and I have the utmost respect for the club and the people in it. It has made me enjoy my rugby again and I have got a lot to thank Wakefield for. I get up every morning loving going to work.

“I think it is just me enjoying my rugby and finding the love for it again. I have realised the little things you have to do away from the pitch to make you a better player.”

Westerman could feature for Shaun Wane’s England in this Friday’s mid-season international against the Combined Nations All Stars at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

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