Castleford Tigers have made an exciting announcement about the addition of half-back Blake Austin to their team. The 32-year-old player joins them on loan from Leeds Rhinos until the end of the 2023 season, which is sure to bolster their squad.
Austin’s career boasts an impressive record with previous stints at Penrith Panthers, Wests Tigers, and Canberra Raiders, showcasing his wealth of experience. He later made a move to the Super League with Warrington Wolves, where he had an outstanding first season, earning the runner-up position for the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award. This recognition also led to a call-up to the prestigious Great Britain squad, under the guidance of coach Wayne Bennett.
During the last season, Austin played a key role in helping the Rhinos reach the Super League Grand Final. In the current term, he has appeared in 18 games and scored once, proving his continued prowess on the field.
Speaking on a standout signing for the club, Head Coach Andy Last affirmed just how delighted he is to get the deal done.
“We are really pleased to get Blake in at this point in the season. He is someone with a massive amount of experience in the NRL and in the Super League who has proven himself as one of the top players in his position. His knowledge of the game and rugby brain will be a big bonus for us as we aim to finish the season strongly.”
Although the deal was finalised late and he won’t be available for the upcoming Friday night’s match against Huddersfield, Tigers fans can look forward to seeing Austin in action during the away game at Wakefield, as affirmed by Danny Wilson, the Tigers’ Director of Rugby Operations.
“Blake is a very exciting player who is of a very high calibre, and we know what he can do when he’s at his best. We hope that he can come in and help us in our fight and be a point of difference.
“In terms of the deal, it was a really quick one because we heard late on that Blake could be available and we acted as quickly as we could. I’d like to thank Leeds and his agent for supporting us on this move. We know he will come in and give his all for Cas Tigers.
“It’s exciting news for the fans as well and I think they will all get behind him and the team to have a really positive end to the season.”