ROUGHYEDS are delighted to announce the capture of Castleford Tigers centre Jordan Turner on a two-year deal.
The deal will see Oldham-born Turner become a player/assistant coach for the 2024 and 2025 seasons.
He has been one of the most consistent performers in Super League over the last decade and with 377 appearances, primarily at the top level, he brings a wealth of experience to Oldham.
Born 500 metres from Boundary Park at Oldham Royal Hospital, Jordan was an Oldham season ticket holder growing up and was in the stands when the club defeated North Queensland Cowboys in the World Club Challenge in 1997.
To get a chance to play for his hometown club, as well as the vision of the new owners, was an opportunity that he felt he could not turn down.
“The fact I have a chance to play for Oldham – which I thought would never come – while also being successful and pushing to get to the higher echelons in the game, it’s very attractive,” he said.
“There’s a big thing about Oldham not being able to keep hold of its own talent, but the new owners are now putting things in place to hopefully help the club succeed – and it’s everything I dreamed of in my rugby league career.
“I have a wealth of knowledge to hand over to the club, having been around a lot of top coaches and played at the highest level.
“I’d like to think I can give the team direction and help them out to be successful on the field, as well as off it.
The former St Helens Grand Final winner started as a Waterhead amateur before signing professionally for Salford in 2006, where he was for four seasons and has played for the likes of Hull FC, Huddersfield, Canberra Raiders and, latterly, Castleford Tigers.
Turner is an accomplished player across a number of positions including wing, centre, half-back, loose-forward.
Across his distinguished career, he has scored 135 tries and amassed over 600 points.
He has been a key player for the Tigers across the past few seasons, most notably in 2021 when he scored 17 tries in 20 appearances.
Interim head coach and managing director, Mike Ford said:
“We’re delighted to get Jordan over the line.
“This signing shows our intent of recruiting a team that Oldham fans can be proud of and excited by.
“Jordan chose us above Super League offers because of our vision, purpose and ambition.
“We can’t wait to start working with a player who has experience at the highest level, including Australia, and a wealth of knowledge spanning 18 seasons.”
Turner, who will arrive ahead of the 2024 season, becomes the fifth permanent signing since the board took over back in March.