Castleford Tigers have confirmed that Lee Radford will become the club’s Head Coach from the start of the 2022 season.
Radford will join the Tigers on an initial two-year deal, replacing the departing Daryl Powell who will head to Warrington Wolves at the end of this season.
The 42-year-old ended Hull FC’s Wembley hoodoo with a 2016 Betfred Challenge Cup victory over Warrington Wolves before going on to retain the trophy in 2017 following an 18-14 defeat of Wigan Warriors.
Radford spent six-and-a-half seasons as Head Coach of the Black and Whites after spending nine years with the club as a player across two spells. The former England international also spent seven seasons with Bradford Bulls whom he helped to two Super League Grand Final victories as well as triumphs in the Betfred Challenge Cup and the World Club Challenge.
On joining Castleford from 2022, Radford said: “I’m really excited for the opportunity with a fantastic club and I’m really looking forward to taking up the challenge.
“I like what the club is about, from the outside it is a hardworking, honest, hard-faced club and I think you know what you’re getting when you come here. I think all those descriptions suit me down to the ground.
“I’m very aware of the brand of Rugby that is played at this ground and it’s one I’m looking forward to having an effect on as well.
“How they play the brand of Rugby they play here, I’ve always enjoyed watching it from the outside, I’ve always enjoyed coming up against it and trying to stop it.
“The job Daryl [Powell] has done has been great over the years, as a club they have been in that tier of the best of the rest behind a Wigan and Saints, and ultimately trying to break that ceiling is going to be what the challenge is.
“I wouldn’t be coming here if I didn’t have aspirations to break that ceiling of what is the top couple of sides in the competition at the moment. That is something we will be working tirelessly as a club and as a group to achieve.”
Castleford Chair, Ian Fulton added: “We are thrilled to welcome Lee Radford as our Head Coach from the 2022 season on a two-year contract.
“Appointing our next Head Coach has been an incredibly extensive process with applicants from both codes of Rugby applying for the position, and we as a Board of Directors are delighted to have secured Lee’s services, and he has already begun his work at identifying players for both retention and recruitment in 2022.
“Everyone at Castleford remains focused on the current task at hand in 2021 with our First Team squad and Head Coach Daryl Powell, who we would love to see end his time with the Tigers on a deserved high note.”