Finn calls for clubs to look at lower leagues

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Castleford tigers’ comeback kid Liam Finn believes Super League clubs should be looking in the lower divisions for recruits.

The former Featherstone Rovers half-back will play his sixth successive game for Castleford when they visit big-spending Salford Red Devils tomorrow.

Finn, now 31, played 23 games in Super League for Halifax and Wakefield from 2002-2004, but then spent the next nine seasons in the lower divisions before his former Featherstone coach Daryl Powell gave him another shot at the big time.

His form has been at the heart of Tigers’ 100 per cent start to the season and he is the latest player to have made an impact at the elite level after being plucked from part-time obscurity, following the likes of St Helens’ Alex Walmsley and Kyle Amor, Jason Walton and Greg Johnson at 
Salford and Leeds Rhinos’ Ian Kirke.

“I hope it opens the door for a few more Championship players,” Finn said. “There are definitely other players who could step up – there’s certainly 10 or 12 who are ready to do it now and probably more if they had full-time training. That will make them better and better.

“They are playing at a very good level in the Championship and the step-up is more than do-able for quite a few.”

Clubs tend to look abroad when it comes to strengthening their ranks, but Finn said: “I don’t think we should go looking for second or third-rate Australians. If we bring them over they have to be the very best, but why not have a look in the Championship?”

Castleford will be without suspended full-back Jordan Tansey for tomorrow’s game, after he was banned for three matches for shoving referee Tim Roby during last Sunday’s win over Hull.

Luke Dorn, who was rested six days ago, will return in his place.

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