Written by Callum Walker
He began his career at Salford, before making the move to Hull FC and St Helens where he won the Grand Final in 2014, but Jordan Turner is now on the hunt for more silverware as a Castleford Tigers player.
“Cas have been up there in the playoffs and round about the big games since Daryl took over in 2013, so that was an attraction,” he told Everything Rugby League.
“They also play an attacking style of rugby and the players they have got here, especially in the spine, excite me.”
At the age of 32, Oldham-born Turner brings with him a wealth of experience that he is keen to share with the club.
“I’ll bring versatility and experience with me to Cas this season.
“I want to try and help the young lads and be a key member of the side.”
Of course, the versatility Turner offers has given him the ‘utility’ tag, but that’s something he is proud of.
“I enjoy playing in the centres which is where I’ve played most of my rugby, but I do enjoy playing in the halves.
“I think sometimes it brings out some of my best rugby, because then I can apply myself all over the pitch.”
Joining on a one-year deal from Huddersfield – where he spent three-and-a-half years – the 32-year-old reveals it has been effortless to settle in at the Jungle.
“Fitting into the club has been really easy, I knew a lot of the guys already and the ones I didn’t know, they’ve been very welcoming too.
“The coaching staff have been very helpful and they know what they want from me.
“I’m really excited about the forthcoming season.
For most players, pre-season is a time where staying in bed seems a lot more inviting than running at five o’clock in the morning, but Turner has a great ploy to avoid hitting that snooze button.
“I’ve come up with a revolutionary idea!
“Once I’ve finished on my phone at night I slide it to the other side of the room so when my alarm goes off in a morning I have to actually get out of bed!”
For Turner and the Tigers, it will be a case of trying to improve significantly on their 2020 season in which they finished eighth in the Super League. That was head coach Daryl Powell’s lowest result since he took over the club.