Dorn wants to stay at Castleford

Luke Dorn, back in action for Castleford Tigers.
Luke Dorn, back in action for Castleford Tigers.

Australian full-back Luke Dorn is hoping to win a new contract with Castleford Tigers after declaring that they are the only club he wants to play for.

The 33-year-old is feeling good and is ready to return to the Tigers team after missing the last nine games with a severe hamstring tear – and aiming to quickly get back to the sparkling form he was showing at the start of the season.

Dorn is out of contract at the end of the current campaign, but wants to stay.

He said: “It’s a great place. I wouldn’t go anywhere else, there’s nowhere else I’d want to play other than Cas, especially the way I’ve come back and played here.

“It’s been great for my career and the people here are fantastic. I love it, so nowhere else than Cas for sure.

“It (a new contract) is not an issue for me at the moment, we’ll just take it as comes. We are just working our way through it. There’s some other guys the club have got to get tied up as well. At my age the process is simple.”

Dorn is expected to return to the Tigers team for tonight’s game against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley after pulling out of last Sunday’s cup match with Salford just before kick-off.

He said: “It’s been a really good rehab and I’ve recovered quite fast in terms of the severity of the tear.

“I feel as good as I’ve ever done coming into a game. I’m just excited to get out there and play now.

“I was really looking forward to getting back out there last weekend so it was disappointing, but it was probably a good thing in terms of longevity for the rest of the season.

“It was just probably a bridge too soon. It just didn’t feel like it was enough time.

“I had been in my rehabilitation for a significant amount of time, but time in the team environment hadn’t been enough so I wasn’t quite ready to get back out there.

“It was good for the boys to win to make it a little bit easier for me to come in this week.

“It’s always good to play at Leeds. It’s probably my favourite away fixture and besides playing at home with Cas it’s probably my favourite ground to play on. It’s always a great game there.”

Dorn reckons Cas have done well with all the injuries they have had to cope with.

He added: “The boys have been playing really well. Obviously we’ve had some poor results in there, but I think there’s only so long you can progressively get disjointed, as Leeds have also gone through.

“The effort’s been incredible. Some of the results we’ve had I’ve said to Powelly that’s the best win we’ve had since the injuries have hit then the next week we win and I’ve said that’s the best win we’ve had. Then I said it again after Salford on the weekend.

“They just keep surpassing everything they’ve done previously and it’s been a pretty amazing effort from some kids and from the senior guys who have been able to lead. Though we haven’t had as many wins as we’d like it’s been pretty impressive for me watching.”