Tigers player Grehan joins Batley

James Grehan, Castleford Tigers
James Grehan, Castleford Tigers

CASTLEFORD’S Australia-born second rower Jimmy Grehan (pictured) will make his debut for Batley Bulldogs in Sunday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against London Broncos.

The 23-year-old Grehan, who is eligible for the cup after missing out on selection for the Tigers’ fourth-round defeat by Featherstone Rovers, has joined Batley initially on a month’s loan.

He will train with his new team-mates for the first time tomorrow and go straight into the Bulldogs squad for the Broncos tie.

Grehan, a former St George junior and Parramatta Eels squad member, joined Castleford from French club Limoux in January and has made four Super League appearances so far.

“We’re a bit light on second rowers so we’ve done a deal with Castleford to sign Jimmy on loan,” said Batley coach John Kear.

Kear, no stranger to Challenge Cup glory, is hoping the signing can help his team of part-timers pull off the second giant-killing act of the competition, following Featherstone’s defeat of Castleford.

Kear famously guided Sheffield Eagles and Hull to cup final upset victories over Wigan and Leeds respectively, and believes a win at Mount Pleasant on Sunday would rank among his greatest achievements.

“If a Championship team could reach the quarter-finals, it would be like getting to Wembley for them,” he said.

“We spoke about it at the start of the season. One of our goals was to get to the quarter-finals of the cup.”