LOAN SIGNING Tyrone McCarthy has been warned he will have to earn a place in Castleford Tigers’ 17.
But caretaker boss Danny Orr reckons McCarthy – who had a similar stint at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in 2011 – can be a positive influence on Tigers’ squad, like other players who have come in from Warrington Wolves in recent seasons.
The versatile forward is expected to make his Tigers debut at home to Hull KR tomorrow and Orr said “He’s in the 19, he has trained with the lads and he’s fitting in really well.
“He will come into contention, just like everyone else.
“Warrington have been kind enough to let us have a couple of players over the past couple of years, in positions where we’ve had injuries or we’ve needed a bit of back-up.
“We are quite strong in the back-row at the moment, but Tyrone has been offered to us and another body around the place can’t hurt – especially somebody from Warrington.
“They have got a good culture there, a winning culture. I thought the things he could bring to the squad, especially the younger guys, we could definitely benefit from. He is here and he’s looking for an opportunity himself. He wants to play.
“I’ve told him there’s no guarantees he will play, but he’s in the mix. If he trains well and he applies himself right he has a chance of playing this week.”
Hull KR are ninth in the Super League table and will go into tomorrow’s game on the back of a 44-10 home drubbing by Leeds Rhinos last Sunday.
Orr said: “Hull KR have scored plenty of points and they’ve conceded a few, as did we last week.
“It could be high scoring, but sometimes when you think that it turns out to be 6-6 or something like that.
“It will be a tough game. All coaches say that every week, but we want to put right a few wrongs from last week, because we definitely let ourselves down.”
Defence is the priority for Orr following the 34-30 loss at Salford City Reds seven days ago.
“It has got to be,” he admitted. “But I think what we did with the ball had a massive bearing on our defence. We just didn’t hold the ball. We turned it over far too cheaply, we didn’t respect it and fair play to Salford, they capitalised and scored some points. We made some really basic errors – silly, cheap ones. I can cop an error if it’s legit – if one of their big players comes out of the line and smashes you and the ball goes up in the air.
“That happens, but when you drop the ball when there’s nobody near you, or it’s a soft one – things like that are not due to pressure, it’s lack of concentration. What we are doing with the ball can definitely help our defence. We have done a bit of work on that this week, because errors are going to be made in this game.
“If you do make an error you’ve got to be able to back up in the defensive line and hopefully we’ll be better at that this week.”