Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
In 2014 Jackson Hastings made his NRL debut for the Sydney Roosters as an 18-year-old.
He has since gone on to achieve many great things including winning the Super League Man of Steel award in 2019.
During his time at the Roosters Hastings would be used as a squad rotation player coming in and out of the NRL squad before joining the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in 2017.
As a result of a reported falling out with then coach Trent Barrett and captain Daly Cherry-Evans Hastings then made a midseason move to the Salford Red Devils in 2018.
Over the next three and a half seasons Hastings cemented himself as the best player in Super League during his time at the Red Devils and Wigan Warriors.
This year he made the move back to the NRL with the Wests Tigers who are hoping he will be the man to take them back to the finals.
However, at this point Hastings is most appreciative of who his career began under, naming Roosters head coach Trent Robinson as the best coach he has ever played under in a recent appearance on the Fox League podcast.
“The best coach in the game I think, I am pretty staunch on that with ‘Robbo’, I know I got let go by the Roosters and people would think I have this mad animosity towards him,” Hastings said.
“But he taught me so much without him even knowing that because of different situations that arose when I was there as a kid.
“So I am pretty staunch on how good of a coach Robbo is, I just think he finds a way to get the boys up for the back-end of the year, and I have seen it time and time again.
Hastings is contracted to the Tigers until the end of next season which means he is free to negotiate with rival clubs on November first.
While there is currently no speculation that Hastings will leave the Tigers, these comments on the Fox League podcast indicate that he is open to linking back up with Robinson at some point in the future.