CASTLEFORD TIGERS last night took almost everyone by surprise with the announcement that they had signed former London Broncos prop Daniel Hindmarsh-Takyi from Queensland Cup side Northern Pride.
The 25-year-old, who made 38 appearances for London over a five-year spell, has signed a two-year deal with the Tigers.
And now Hindmarsh-Takyi has revealed his motivation for the move to Castleford and how it came about.
Daniel Hindmarsh-Takyi’s first words as a Castleford player as he explains why he made the move and what Tigers fans can expect.
“It’s crazy, I thought I would be staying in Cairns (Australia) for another year but after pre-season, I thought I needed to have another crack at Super League, play with full-time players again and try and get back into that environment,” Hindmarsh-Takyi told the Castleford website.
“I’m excited to play for Cas, one of my old teammates played with them for a while and said it was a good experience. Hopefully I can have an even better experience.
“Played over there are hard and tough so I want to get back to that again. I’ve been away from home for two years so I need to come back and see it again!
“I’m expecting to be over in the next month or so. I am just sorting things out and then we will get the flights booked.”
So what can Castleford fans expect from the 25-year-old Londoner?
“I’m just one of those players that likes to carry the ball forward, I can make a lot of metres and I’ve got those post-contact metres too.
“I’m working on a few things as well to bring more speed and power to my game and increase those post-contact metres. I want to help the boys forward – I’d say that’s the biggest part of my game.”
Hindmarsh-Takyi also revealed his long relationship with current Castleford signing Josh Hodson as well as giving a message to the Tigers’ faithful.
“I think I played at Cas when I was 16 in the London Broncos academy. I’ve known Josh Hodson since I was 16 as we came through the London Broncos academy together.
“I’m excited to meet you guys. It’s going to be a good year so let’s go.”
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