England Knights international Jack Broadbent has signed for Castleford on a two-year deal.
Broadbent, 22, made five appearances for Leeds last season but spent the second half of the season with Featherstone, where he scored 10 tries in 15 games.
He said: “I’m delighted to join Cas, I’ve had my first week here now and I’m having a blast!
“The lads have made me feel really welcome and so have the coaches, I’m aching a bit after that first week of getting back into training, but I’ve really enjoyed it. The training has been good, and the standards are really high.
“It probably didn’t go the way I wanted it to at Leeds last year and ended up on loan with Featherstone. I feel like I had a strong end to the season under Brian McDermott and I felt like I learned a lot during that time.
“This is my first permanent move and I’m looking to make that step up and become a week-in, week-out Super League player.”
An opportunity to springboard
Jack Broadbent joins some familiar faces at the Tigers, with former Rhinos team-mates Alex Sutcliffe, Alex Mellor, Callum McLelland and Muizz Mustapha already in Lee Radford’s squad.
The former Batley Boys junior came through the academy ranks at Headingley, playing anywhere across the three-quarter line or at full-back.
He featured for England Knights in their recent match against Scotland before the World Cup, after scoring twice for the Knights against Jamaica at The Jungle in 2021.
Tigers coach Radford added: “Jack is at the right age and right stage of his career to join us here at Cas. This is an opportunity for him to springboard personally and hopefully, we are going to reap the rewards of that. What he has been doing has been noticed and we are aiming to take that next step with him.
“I love his utility; he’s been in training a week and has bounced from one position to another and been at the front of some of the stuff we have done as well – credit where it is due. When we’ve come to sign him, I was made aware of his professionalism and how hard he trains, and I’m not disappointed so far.
“I’d say he is a mature kid for his age, again for the group it will hopefully be beneficial for us.”