Joe Westerman talks “unfinished business” at Castleford

Steven Hughes
Joe Westerman

Castleford forward Joe Westerman says he has unfinished business with the club, after returning ahead of the 2022 season.

Westerman made his return to Wheldon Road, after initially leaving the club in 2010. Since then, he has represented Hull FC twice, Warrington, Toronto and Wakefield.

He made over 100 appearances in his first spell, scoring 43 tries. Westerman also appeared for England Knights and England. He was part of the squad for the 2014 Four Nations.

Westerman can’t wait to run out at The Jungle

Speaking about his return, Westerman told ROAR magazine:“It’s massive, I think from being what six-year-old? I’ve supported Cas. To be stood on the terraces watching and then to play for them was a dream.

“I can’t wait for that first run out at The Jungle. It’s something I always dreamed of – to come back here and hopefully finish here.

“But I always said I’d never come back if I didn’t have it, if I didn’t have any play in me and I’d like to think I’m still playing pretty good rugby. It’ll be good to come out there, the whole family are Cas fans.

“It’s a bit of unfinished business really, I think I left when there was a little bit going on with myself and with the team. I didn’t really want to go but it was a case of I had to, so to get a chance to play here again and be back at Wheldon Road is brilliant. I’m grabbing this chance with two hands.

In a message to the fans, Westerman added: “Thanks for having me back. This is somewhere I will be when I retire, I’ll be in with them stood watching the players as well, it’s exciting times and I’m really glad to be back here and involved in this new era.”

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