- Date of Birth: 08/07/1990
- Birthplace: Castleford
- Height: 6”4
- Weight: 108kg
- Nickname: Wattsy
- Cas Debut: vs Castleford Lock Lane - 11th March 2007
- Heritage Number: #877
- Previous Clubs: Hull KR, Hull FC
- Amateur Club: Lock Lane
Local lad Watts is one of the senior players at Castleford and is another player who is delighted by the reunion of Lee Radford and his coaching team. With wisdom comes experience and Liam has had plenty of successes across his career, including two victories in the Challenge Cup Final with Hull FC - coincidentally when Radford was in charge.
The prop began his career at the Tigers making his debut against Lock Lane back in 2007. He travelled to the east over to Hull KR where the forward began to fully flourish. Following a terrific season in 2010, playing 26 out of 27 Super League, Watts was approached to represent England’s training squad for the Four Nations Championship. His time with the Robins came to an end in 2012 and Watts made the short trip across town to rivals Hull FC. Over 150 appearances later, Liam moved back to boyhood club Cas where he has questionably enjoyed some of his finest rugby, reflected by being on the Man of Steel shortlist in 2019.
A constant voice of encouragement and a natural leader Watts has been complimented for his guidance and help to the younger players coming through the ranks, such as youngster Ben Wood. A 6”4 imposing giant who carries huge influence and respect on and off the field.
Watts has been in and around the England setup for the past few years, and a strong 2022 could prick the ears of Shaun Wane for this year’s World Cup selection.
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