Hitchcox happy to have Super League shot with Cas

New Castleford signing Jy Hitchcox is excited about getting a chance in Super League and wants to make the most of his time with the Tigers.

The Australian utility has signed a one-year deal with Castleford after joining from Featherstone.

A former NRL player with Wests Tigers, Hitchcox has had an eye on reaching Super League since arriving in the UK at the start of 2015 with Rovers.

“That was my personal goal,” he said.

“I was hoping to play as good as I could in the Championship and get the call-up to Super League.

“It’s a little bit different the game, obviously around the ruck and the speed of the line is a little bit different to Australia and the Championship.

“I’m learning every day and hopefully it goes well.”

Hailing from northern NSW, Hitchcox was a junior with the Gold Coast Titans.

The outside back spent some time in Melbourne Storm’s system, and playing rugby union for the Sydney club Manly Marlins, before joining the Wests Tigers in 2012.

Hitchcox made his NRL debut in 2014 and made four appearances for Wests.

The 26-year old said he has settled in nicely to life at the Jungle.

“All the boys have been very welcoming,” Hitchcox said.

“There’s a real good vibe amongst the team, a hunger to do well. It’s looking like a good year.

“I’m only [living] five minutes down the road so I’m probably a bit closer than I was last year. It’s been good.

“I’ve been learning a lot from Dorny [Luke Dorn], he’s been really helpful.

“So has Shenny [Michael Shenton] as well. Everyone’s thrown in their helping hand and it’s doing me wonders.”

Primarily a fullback, Hitchcox can also play on the wing or in the centres and is happy to fill in where needed.

With the departures of Justin Carney, Michael Channing and Ashley Gibson, Hitchcox will give the Tigers depth at the back and on the flanks along with fellow new arrivals Ben Crooks, Greg Minkin and Joel Monaghan.

“Just the piece of the puzzle he wants me to do I guess,” he said.

“I bring a bit of speed around the ruck. A bit of experience and hopefully we’ll do well.”

Hitchcox said it was an easy decision to join Castleford after speaking with coach Daryl Powell.

“I spoke with Daryl a couple of times, about what he wanted and what I could bring to the table as a player,” he said.

“He was happy with it and I was happy with how the club’s run.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about Daryl and it was a pretty easy after that.

“They just missed out on top four so that’s obviously what we’re striving for this year.

“If we knuckle down like we have been I think we’ll do well.”

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