Castleford Tigers: Hampshire happy to play out of position if it works for the team

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MAKESHIFT winger Ryan Hampshire says he will play there for the rest of the campaign if Castleford Tigers need him to.

The full-back/stand-off, who is a on a season-long loan from Wigan, offered to go out wide in Sunday’s game against Catalans Dragons. He duly scored two tries in the 38-24 win as Daryl Powell’s side earned their first victory in five outings and confirmed a top-eight place.

Ryan Hampshire

Ryan Hampshire

“I put my hand up to play as we were struggling for wingers,” explained Hampshire, who hopes to retain his place for Sunday’s visit from Warrington Wolves.

“It was the first time I’d ever played there but I’ve not been playing and thought why not have a new challenge.

“It paid off. It was enjoyable and I got into Ben Crooks to give me some early ball which helped. I’m not sure if anyone will be back this week but I’ll play there for the rest of the year if that’s what we need to do.”

Hampshire, 21, has managed only 13 matches so far and had not featured in the previous six weeks.

He admitted: “It has been testing. I think I’ve come from a system at Wigan which is totally different to here and it has been hard to get in. But these things happen. I took the risk to come to Cas and I do think you have to take risks in this sport. That’s what I’ve done.

“I’ve stuck my neck out and it’s not quite paid off but I’m confident in myself that something will happen.”