Radford began playing rugby league at 13 years old and continued on to represent his county and country at the junior level. At 15 years old, he became the youngest player to play for Hull FC in East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Radford helped Hull FC win a championship then the next season he made his Super League debut. Radford went on to play for the Bradford Bulls for 7 seasons. In 2006, he returned to Hull FC where he helped the team finish runner-up in the Super League Grand Final. In 2008, Radford was named Hull FC’s team captain.
Radford’s playing achievements include three minor premierships, three Super League Grand Final championships, two European Rugby Challenge Cup championships, and a World Club Challenge championship. He was also a member of the England International rugby team and played for Yorkshire in the Origin Series five times.
Radford began coaching at the junior level at his former amateur club East Hull ARLFC. Radford led the team in the Yorkshire League through the National Conference division, eventually being crowned both National Conference Grand Final winners and National Cup winners in the same season. In 2009, Radford became the defensive coach of Hull RUFC. He led the team to finish 5th in the National League 2 North division then on to win the Yorkshire Cup.
Radford’s playing career came to an end in 2011, but he continued on as the Assistant coach role at Hull FC. Two years later, Hull FC reached the Challenge Cup final losing out to the Wigan Warriors before he was announced Head Coach for the 2014 season. As Head Coach, Radford led the team to a Challenge Cup championship in 2016 and 2017, which was the first time the club had ever won back to back titles.