Jack of all trades Sanderson determined to extend Castleford Tigers stay

History-maker Jack Sanderson has pledged to do everything he can to earn a long-term contract with Castleford Tigers.
Jack Sanderson scores on his Tigers debut, against Huddersfield. Picture by Melanie Allatt Photography.Jack Sanderson scores on his Tigers debut, against Huddersfield. Picture by Melanie Allatt Photography.
Jack Sanderson scores on his Tigers debut, against Huddersfield. Picture by Melanie Allatt Photography.

Sanderson joined Tigers in March on a deal until the end of this season and became the 1,000th man to play for the club when he made a try-scoring debut in last week’s loss to Huddersfield Giants.

“I came through the system at Hull FC and signed for the first team there, but it didn’t work out with them,” he said of his move to Tigers.

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“I got my chance to come to Castleford, had talks with the club and thought things sounded good so I signed here.

“I think I bring good utility value, I can play anywhere in the backs and now I’ve got that first game under my belt hopefully I can progress, get more games and stay at Castleford in the future.”

Sanderson, who can play full-back, centre or wing, could face his former side at the Jungle on Thursday.

He said: “I want to get more games under my belt and get more experience.

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“There’s a big game this week and I’m hoping I’ve done enough to get in again, with it being against my old team.

“I want to go out there and prove a point against them and also earn a new deal.

“I have got the option for next year that we still haven’t taken up yet so I want to go out there and give the club every reason to keep me around.”

Sanderson was initially set to learn the ropes in Tigers’ reserve side, but that competition was cancelled because of coronavirus.

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He impressed coach Daryl Powell in training and was called up as part of a reshuffle after scrum-half Danny Richardson joined stand-off Jake Trueman on the casualty list.

Gareth O’Brien moved into the halves, James Clare switched to full-back and Sanderson came in on the right-wing.

“I got the call [the day before the game] to say I’d been called up to play so I was well happy to get that first Super League game under my belt,” Sanderson added

“I got the highs and lows of rugby - scoring on debut and not coming away with the win in the end.

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“It’s pretty cool to be the 1,000th player, that’s in the history of Castleford now so I am happy with that.”

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