Castleford Tigers It's a dream to return home - Orr

Rejoining Castleford Tigers is like "coming home" for prodigal son Danny Orr.

The former Tigers skipper has signed a one-year deal for next term, which will end a four-season stint at Harlequins.

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The 32-year-old made his Super League debut in 1997 after coming through the club's academy ranks.

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He played 191 times for Cas before leaving to join Wigan at the end of the 2003 season.

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Originally from Kippax, Orr was a fans' favourite during his first stint at the Jungle and he admitted he has always been a Tigers fan.

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"It is exactly right for me," he said of his return back north. "I have still got a job to do for Harlequins until the end of the season, but I am looking forward to it.

"When I found out Cas were keen on getting me back, I jumped at the chance. I have still got a lot of affection for the club and I have been lucky, because I have spent time at Castleford, Wigan and Harlequins and they are three great clubs.

"I have enjoyed my time at them all, but I am from the area and I have been a Castleford supporter since I was seven years old.

"I have great memories of the club and I am looking forward to going back."

Orr is currently taking his level three coaching exams and he will take up a role on Tigers' development staff, as well as playing next year.

"I am not 100 per cent sure what I will be doing yet, but I think I will be working with the under-18s or 20s," Orr said.

"That's something I'll enjoy doing. Coaching is a line I am looking to go down and hopefully I can help some of the young players out."

Tigers are in the box seat for a play-off spot this year, after going eighth following the win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats two days ago.

"They have been up and down this year," said Orr. "They had their down time against Barrow in the Cup and since then they have been one of the form teams.

"They started well and it seems like they are finishing strongly, so hopefully they can keep it going."

He said he has not discussed his likely role with Cas coach Terry Matterson. He said: "When I was there before I was mainly a stand-off/scrum-half.

"Over the years I have gained more experience and I have played a lot at hooker. One thing I can bring to the team is a bit of versatility.

"I can take a bit of pressure of Rangi Chase and Ryan McGoldrick in the halves and Ryan Hudson at hooker."

He added: "At this stage I am no spring chicken, but my body's in good nick.

"I am fit and healthy, so I will see how it goes, but if I am playing well enough and the club wants to keep me for another year, I'll gladly do it."

Quins are due to visit the Jungle on August 22 and Orr admitted that will be "weird". But he said: "I am a professional and I have still got a job to do for Harlequins. I will be doing my best for them that afternoon."

Matterson is "very pleased" Orr is returning to the Jungle. He said: "He brings a lot of experience and he's a very smart player at both half-back and hooker.

"We felt it was important to bring someone in who could help move the team around and Danny fits the bill. He will both complement and take some pressure off Rangi. Danny knows the environment and his being a local boy adds to his appeal. He is also keen to do some coaching of our younger players so he will be involved in that along with a number of our senior players who currently work with the kids."

Orr scored 71 tries, 297 goals and four drop goals to amass 882 points in his previous spell with Castleford.

He has represented Yorkshire, England and Great Britain and was a member of the 2002 Super League Dream Team.


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