Castleford Tigers have annouced the signing of Hull FC ‘bad boy’ Liam Watts on a 3-year deal, after a string of on-field incidents has led the club to cut ties with the unpredictable prop forward.
The news, having sparked wild debate across social media has left many wondering ‘why’, when the black and whites are already short on players following a plague of injuries, but it is believed the club culture is the primary reason behind Watt’s imminent departure, a departure that is set to bolster new club and last year’s league leaders Castleford never-the-less.
The hot-headed 27-year old has arguably been in the form of his life, and his on-field antics have clearly not discouraged Castleford head coach Darryl Powell as the Tigers will be licking their lips at the thought of his arrival.
The fans are led to believe the prop forwards’ latest incident, which involved him mildy head-butting Warrington’s Dom Crosby was the final straw that broke the camels back, although we would hint at there been more to the story than just this. Rumours have suggested he also regularly missed weekend training sessions, although this we’ll never know for sure.
Only less than 2-years ago, Lee Radford was delighted at securing troubled Hull Kingston Rovers half-back Albert Kelly, who had seemingly ‘corrupted’ Rovers culture at the club – a decision which, as of 2018, did actually prove to be an absolute gem of a signing afterall. As an outsider, it would appear the club culture statement would read something like “Do you want off the field, just don’t bring it to field”.
Watts’, who is currently serving a 3-match ban for the forehead incident in the Wolves game was indeed rumoured to be heading to the NRL at the close of 2018, a move which Hull FC fans would have preferred to have seen, but the decision wouldn’t have come lightly for Lee Radford, Adam Pearson, and even new Director of Rugby Gareth Ellis.
All we can say is we’ve won 2 major trophies within the past 2 years, we need to trust the right call has been made.