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Benn Hardcastle


Benn Hardcastle joined the Cougars in September 2017 from the Newcastle Thunder to become Craig Lingard’s first new recruit ahead of his second season in charge of the club.

Coming through the youth system at Hull Kingston Rovers, Hardcastle spent the majority of his career with the Newcastle club with the exception of a sole season with the York City Knights.

A considerable threat with his ability with ball in hand an from the kicking tee, Benn is the Thunder’s all time record points scorer after breaking Paul Thorman’s previous record inside just 55 games with a club and currently has a total of 568 points for the Kingston Park outfit heading into the final two games of the season.

The half-back also set the Newcastle club record for points in a game during his time with the club as he registered 28 of the side’s 52 in a victory away at Oxford RL in June 2016.

During his career Hardcastle has been no stranger to silverware, especially at this level of the game, previously winning the League One Leaders Shield in 2014 with the Knights and the League One Shield in 2016 with the Thunder.

Away from the field, the Cougars newest signing works within the foundation at current Kingstone Press Championship side Hull Kingston Rovers as a Senior Coach in Education and Play Touch Rubgy League.