Kevin Larroyer has had to be patient since signing for Castleford Tigers in February, but is now feeling part of the first team squad having played in the last two matches for the top of the table side.
After finding himself without a club following Hull KR’s relegation, the 27-year-old back rower by his own admission lacked fitness when he arrived at Castleford, but after playing nine games on loan with Bradford Bulls he is getting up to speed now and can play a part as the Tigers look to push on league and cup competitions in the second half of the season.
“When I signed for Cas I’d not really had a pre-season,” said Larroyer.
“I had a month training at Hull FC but that was it. The time with Bradford really helped me to go play for Cas.
“I had a few games there, it helped the match fitness and helped me build up confidence to be able to bounce back.
“It has been a long time since I last played in Super League but I got the chance at Leigh and was really happy to come back in a game like that. It was a good win.”
French international Larroyer was contracted up to 2018 with Hull KR, but saw that deal become null and void after their relegation last year. He was not offered a new deal and was without a club before Cas gave him a chance he is keen to take.
He added: “It has been a tough time these last few months, but now I’m really enjoying it and trying to make the most of it all.
“There’s still a lot to work on but I’m getting there. I would like to play more regularly now.
“It’s a team full of talented players. You definitely want to be part of this as I think this year something great will happen here.
“If the coach calls me again I’ll put my hand up and do the best I can for the team.”