Signing professional rugby League Contracts with the Castleford Tigers is something all too familiar for Nathan Massey, but today he put pen to paper on a different kind of contract, one that he hopes will put him in good stead for when the time comes to end his playing career.

Nathan has agreed to dedicate his spare time away from his rugby commitments at the Castleford Tigers  to work alongside Glasshus facades’ project management team to help deliver the façade package on the prestigious Meadowside Plots 2 and 3 in Manchester. Nathan will be introduced to all aspects of being a Construction Site Manager with duties including but not limited to; managing deliveries, sub-contractor’s progress as well as interfacing with the main contractor and client’s design team. As part of his agreement with the company, Nathan will be enrolled onto an NVQ Level 3 in Construction in the Built Environment at Leeds Building College with the view to him eventually undertaking an HND Level 5 in Construction Management. It is hoped that by successfully combining his rugby career with hands on practical work experience as well as securing recognised qualifications along the way, Nathan can look forward to a promising career in construction management with Glasshus Facades once his playing career comes to an end.   

Speaking about the employment opportunity with Glasshus Facades Nathan Massey added ‘I am over the moon to have this opportunity put in front of me which enables me to gain a qualification and a job as construction site manager post my playing days. Its easy to forget that rugby league is a short career and the thought of retirement is daunting for anyone especially when you have signed on a  full time basis straight from school. This will give me a great insight into normal working life as well as being able to obtain a recognised qualification to work with Glasshus Facades when the time comes for me to hang up my boots.

Speaking with Liam, its great to see his passion not only for GHF but also for the Castleford Tigers and wanting to make a difference for players both pre, post and during their rugby careers. This can be seen with the sponsorship agreement with the academy which gives the younger players a chance to combine training and playing with work and study. I would like to thank Liam for offering me this chance to take the role. I cannot wait to get stuck in.’

Glasshus Facades Managing Director Liam Hourigan also added ‘As well as the partnership with the Academy, this was really something I wanted to do with the club for some time and having got to know Nathan over the last 4/5 months I believe he has all the attributes to make a promising career for himself once the time comes for him to hang up his boots.

As fans we all too often see famous faces disappear from sight after their career and unless they are fortunate enough to secure an opportunity in the Media we rarely hear of what successes they go on to achieve post playing. I believe as businesses involved with clubs and the game as a whole, we can afford to give a lot more back in terms of providing opportunities for players in the workplace and I am delighted to see Nathan take this opportunity with both hands. I wish him the very best of luck and I sincerely hope he goes on to cement himself as an integral part of our team for years to come.’

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