CADE Cust can’t be accused of not being an adult – he was growing up when a 14-year-old boy heard the heartbreaking news that his father had taken his own life.
Wigan’s new boy has a tidy home, extra beds and is ready to roll out the red carpet when Kasey’s mother comes to watch his first Super League game.
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Little wonder how she stepped up after Garry left her teenage son and wondered: ‘What do I do now?’
Cust may have fallen on any of the wrong paths in life but he has developed into more than just a back-to-back full-back to claim the Man of Steel title after joining Manly on the side. NRL, but also a well-rounded man off the pitch.
“It was something that changed life when it happened,” he said.
“I really don’t know how to explain how I feel at 14, but I have a good background of support. However, that’s what shaped me. It made me grow and mature a lot faster than most other young girls.
“After it happened, I was a lot more mature than I would have been if everything was stable and safe.”
Cust knows all about putting the hard rides to the top, after walking hundreds of miles a week – with his mother driving – from his hometown of Scone to try and pass Manly.
But from an early age he was a thoroughbred as he developed at the junior club in what has been dubbed the ‘horse capital of Australia’ – their version of Newmarket.
Now to take the next step by following in the footsteps of Jackson Hastings, by being the first Cade Cust, starting at Hull KR tomorrow.
The 23-year-old added: “It’s a bit difficult but I’m glad and motivated when there’s a little bit of expectation.
“You look at what Jackson did here and that’s what you want to emulate but I’m not Jackson Hastings, I’m Cade Cust.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4652954/wigans-cade-cust-tells-how-the-death-of-his-father-made-him-a-man-at-the-age-of-14/ Wigan’s Cade Cust tells how his father’s death made him a man