“I want to bring success to the club” Gareth Widdop explains his decision behind joining Castleford

Drew Darbyshire
Gareth Widdop Warrington Wolves

Former England international Gareth Widdop says he wants to help Castleford win silverware after signing a two-year deal with the club.

The 33-year-old half-back arrives at the Tigers from Warrington, for whom he scored 20 tries in 49 appearances for over three seasons.

Widdop said: “I’m really excited to extend my career for another couple of seasons at such a great club. It means a lot.

“They’ve put faith in me to bring me across to Castleford, hopefully, I can bring a lot of experience from my career. I’m really excited to get started with the club.

“I want to bring success to the club”

“It’s the reason we play the game, to win trophies and play in the big games. I’ve still got the fire inside me to do that.

“I’m coming to the back end of my career now and when this opportunity popped up at Cas with the players in this team, and the great coaching staff there’s no reason why not. It takes a lot of hard work along the way, and I’ve still got aspirations to lift some silverware. We want to be winners and it’s what we’re striving for.”

Lee Radford delighted to welcome Gareth Widdop to the Jungle

Widdop won 32 caps in total for Great Britain and England between 2010-19. He made almost 200 appearances in the NRL for Melbourne Storm and St George Illawarra Dragons, winning an NRL Premiership with the former.

Castleford coach Lee Radford said: “What Gareth has achieved in the game has been phenomenal, his experience that he brings is huge.

“The stage he is at in his career, I think Castleford will be a really good environment for him and I think he will be good around it for everyone else too.

“Everybody I’ve spoken to has said what a great bloke he is, what a competitor he is. You don’t do what he has done in the game by fluke. He is going to be a great player and a great addition for us, I think.

“Gareth and Milky (Miller) playing together, they are looking forward to that and so am I. I think they will bring the best out of each other. Two senior blokes, one plays on a little bit more instinct, but the other’s strengths are his organisational skills, hopefully, they will complement each other.

“I want them to come in and help improve the place, the environment that we are making. Both Widdop and Miller have the ability to do that, not only because of their talents but what they are as people off the field.”

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