CASTLEFORD Tigers have signed highly-rated forward Larne Patrick from Huddersfield Giants on loan for the rest of the season.
The powerful Wales international, who grew up in nearby Pontefract and played for Castleford junior club Townville Tigers, could debut against Hull KR on Sunday.
His arrival is a major coup for the Super League club – he played in last year’s Grand Final while on a season-long loan at Wigan Warriors – and will certainly bolster coach Daryl Powell’s options.
Patrick, 27, can operate at prop, second-row or loose forward and his loss will be keenly felt by bottom-placed Huddersfield who have been unable to persuade him to stay next season.
Powell said: “It’s definitely a big boost getting a player of Larne’s calibre in.
“He’s highly-rated in the game and has played at a couple of clubs right up at the top in the last few years.
“In terms of experience and the way he plays – I like that as he’s really quick, has good late feet at the line and is a tough defender who gets off the line and hits people – it’s all round a really good signing for us.”
Castleford will be without second-row Oli Holmes for Sunday after he suffered a recurrence of a knee injury while Powell has doubts over fellow forwards Lee Jewitt yet, Junior Moors and Gadwin Springer.
Jake Webster’s availability is also uncertain but Denny Solomona should be fit.