Jordan Turner: Super League stalwart to join hometown club in player-coach role in 2024

Drew Darbyshire
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Jordan Turner in action for Castleford Tigers in 2023

Castleford Tigers back Jordan Turner will join his hometown club Oldham on a two-year deal from 2024 in a player-coach role.

The 34-year-old will leave Castleford upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the current Super League season.

Oldham-born Turner will link up with his boyhood club in 2024, combining his playing duties with being an assistant coach.

The Jamaica international has made more than 350 career appearances with Salford, Hull, St Helens, Huddersfield and Castleford.

Turner had always dreamt of representing his hometown club Oldham as a youngster growing up – and next season his dream will become a reality.

Turner said: “I thought it might not happen but to play for Oldham and to help with coaching as we push for the higher echelons is very attractive.”

Oldham chief Mike Ford added: “This big signing underlines our intention to build a squad from which Oldham fans can derive great pride and excitement.”

Turner becomes Oldham’s fifth signing made by the club’s new board, following in the footsteps of Pat Moran, Nick Rawsthorne, Josh Johnson and Jamie Ellis.

Super League Grand Final winner, NRL stint, Jamaica international: The career of Jordan Turner

Turner played his junior rugby at Waterhead and came through the ranks at Salford, making his first team debut in 2006.

The utility back spent four seasons with Salford, scoring 24 tries in 69 appearances for the club.

Turner then moved over to Hull FC in 2010, playing 72 games for the club over three seasons.

The Reggae Warrior then moved back over the other side of the Pennines, spending four seasons with St Helens, scoring 45 tries in 117 games for the Saints.

Turner helped St Helens win the 2014 Super League Grand Final, beating rivals Wigan 14-6 at Old Trafford.

In 2016, Turner had a spell in Australia with Canberra Raiders but didn’t make an appearance in the NRL before returning to Super League with Huddersfield.

Turner would spend the next four seasons with the Giants, playing 72 games for the club.

The Jamaica star joined Castleford ahead of the 2021 campaign, making 45 appearances for the Tigers to date.

And his career will come full circle in 2024 when he pulls on the shirt of his hometown club Oldham.

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