Castleford star Massey pleased to be joined by local lad Patrick

Nathan Massey
Nathan Massey

Long serving Castleford Tigers forward Nathan Massey has welcomed the signing of another local lad with Larne Patrick joining on loan from Huddersfield Giants to the end of the season.

Patrick, who grew up in Pontefract and played junior rugby in Castleford, is a quality addition to the Tigers squad for the rest of the year, according to fellow forward Massey.

He said: “Larne’s a quality player and a good bloke as well, so it’s nice to have him come in.

“He’s my age and I know him quite well from our amateur days.

“He was at Smawthorne and then he moved to Townville while I was at Walton.

“Obviously we’ve had a real tough time with injuries and stuff like that so Larne coming in is going to take a bit of pressure off the older fellas.

“Junior Moors is not too far off being back as well, so we have got a few players coming back in, but over Easter a lot of us have had to play the majority of games as we just did not have the personnel to take over.”

Patrick could go straight into the Cas team for the visit of Hull KR on Sunday and Massey is expecting a tough challenge from the visitors despite their shock Challenge Cup exit at the hands of oldham.

He said: “We expect a backlash off them, but we can’t just look at that.

“They had done all right previous to that with a nice win at Leeds and obviously they have had a bit of a turnover in coaching staff - and every game in Super League, you just can’t pick them.

“We need to get back to winning ways and it’s great to be back at home this weekend.

“We love it down here - the fans really help us and we’re looking forward to it.”

Massey admitted last week’s defeat was “disappointing” and the Tigers’ form has been inconsistent this year with all the injuries they have been suffering.

He added: “It hasn’t helped with the injuries we’ve had and the change in personnel. From week to week we are trying to find some consistency.

“We have got a really deep squad this year and the young players that have come in have been top quality, but we do miss the likes of Luke Dorn and Benny Roberts, the older heads in the team.

“We’re looking to find that consistency, as when we’re on it we’re really good - but when we’re off we let it slip.”