HEAD coach Ian Millward believes the return of captain Danny Orr can give Castleford Tigers more direction as they look to bounce back from successive heavy defeats when up against Hull FC on Sunday.
Scrum-half Orr (pictured) missed the 42-4 defeat at Huddersfield last Friday, but is expected to have recovered from his arm injury to take his place in the starting line-up at the Probiz Coliseum.
Orr will be one of several changes to the Tigers squad when it is announced tomorrow with outside back Josh Griffin also in line for a recall after a hip injury and forwards Oliver Holmes and Stuart Jones likely to return after missing the trip to the Galpharm.
Coach Millward told the Express: “We missed Danny Orr last week, but he should be back and he will give us a bit more direction.
“He was close to playing against Huddersfield, but we looked at the longer term with him.
“Josh Griffin should also return. He will be in the squad and we’re hopeful he can play.
“We’ll definitely make changes, but we’re mindful of the fact that we have two players coming back in Orr and Griffin and there’s two changes there already.
“Oliver Holmes and Stuart Jones will also come back into contention. Stuart missed out last week because he had an elbow injury that was really hurting him and Oliver needed a break - he has done a lot of work for a young kid.
“Hull are playing well, but we need to concentrate on getting ourselves back on track.
“Training has been very good this week and we are looking to improve. It’s been a full week to prepare and it’s been good.
“It was a very short week last week into a Friday game and I only really came back on the Tuesday, but we’ve been lot more settled this week.”
Millward admitted his side had been second best against Huddersfield and needed to improve to take on another form team in Hull, but there were reasons for optimism despite the heavy nature of their latest defeat.
He said: “There were some parts of our game where I thought we hadn’t done too bad, but it was our inconsistency that let us down.
“I thought Huddersfield played extremely well and they’re really on fire at the moment.
“Their cohesion in attack is very strong and they were really sharp. They have a lot of options.
“But we came up with too many errors. They put us under a lot of pressure and we struggled to get any fluency.
“Our kicking game was poor and unfortunately our right hand defence was exposed too many times.
“It was a tough night out there for James Clare in his debut. It wasn’t the easiest game for him to come into.
“It happens sometimes on debut, sometimes blokes have a poor one, sometimes they have a good one, but it’s always hard to be consistent when you’re young.
“He might still be in the squad this week and he will hopefully learn from the experience.”
Millward praised the Cas fans for the support they showed despite a difficult night at Huddersfield.
He added: “I was really appreciative of the way the fans supported the players. I thought it was fantastic. If everyone hangs in there we’ll get some rewards.
“It’s important the fans continue to get behind the team and we need good support. They can play a part against Hull when there will hopefully be a big crowd.”