CASTLEFORD Tigers have confirmed that they have signed utility forward Larne Patrick from Huddersfield Giants on a loan deal for the rest of the season.
The Welsh international, who grew up in Pontefract and played for Castleford junior club Townville Tigers, could go straight into the side and make his debut for the Tigers against Hull KR on Sunday.
His arrival is timely for Cas, who have been hit by another injury blow this week with Oliver Holmes out of action again following a recurrence of his knee problem.
Patrick, 27, can play at prop, second-row or loose-forward and appeared in last year’s Grand Final while on a season-long loan at Wigan Warriors.
He is out of contract at Huddersfield at the end of the season and has made his intention known that he will not be staying with the Giants next year.
But he is looking forward to his new challenge with Cas.
He said: “I’m delighted to be at such a passionate club who are now a formidable team who are pushing for silverware.
“I’ll be doing my best to help the team achieve their goals this season.”
Tigers head coach 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 to 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.
“I’ve watched him play for a long time and he’s always one of those players you’re wary of whether in the back-row and running lines or his footwork in the middle, he’s a pretty strong player.
“I think he’ll make a big impact for us.
“We’ve been belted a bit with injuries, too, recently like some other clubs so it’s great news.”
Patrick, who was part of the Bradford Bulls academy, earned his first taste of Super League with Huddersfield and played more than 100 games for the Fartowners, winning the League Leaders’ Shield with them in 2013.
Tigers chief executive Steve Gill commented: “I’m really pleased that we have been able to conclude this loan signing with Larne, at such an important time of the season.
“We have been a bit low on troops in recent weeks, so for us it is a really good time.
“Although Larne will not be allowed to play against his parent club, we have agreed a ‘no call back’ clause with the Giants.
“I would like to thank all our fans who contribute to the “Tigers Daily Draw” for helping to make this possible as it’s their contributions that have helped us to be able to bring Larne in.”