Danny Orr is going back to where it all began by signing for a second time with his hometown club, Castleford. The former Great Britain half-back made his debut for Cas as a teenager. Now, at 32, he has agreed a one-season contract that will also include some coaching responsibilities.
Orr left the Tigers for Wigan in 2003 and has spent the past four years as Harlequins' on-field general. "I'm a Cas lad and proud to be," he said. "I did have other opportunities, but I've always wanted to return to Cas."
The club's coach, Terry Matterson, called Orr, "a very smart player at both half-back and hooker. We felt it was important to bring someone in who could take the team around the park and Danny fits the bill".
Richard Whiting, who has played everywhere from full-back to stand-off for Hull this season, is out for the rest of the year with a broken arm. He suffered the injury in the derby victory over Hull KR at the KC Stadium last Thursday.
Mark Calderwood could also have played his last game of the season after damaging a hamstring in the same match. Hull also know that they will be without Sean Long, Mark O'Meley and Craig Fitzgibbon for Friday night's game against Wigan.
The Catalan Dragons have lifted their suspension on Setaimata Sa and Dimitri Pelo, the two players who were disciplined last week after an incident in a nightclub. Both are now available for Saturday's match at home to Warrington, but Clint Greenshields is out injured.
Two of Steve McNamara's back-room staff at Bradford, the assistant coach Lee St Hilaire and the fitness specialist Geoff Evans, have been given new one-year contracts to continue under the coach-in-waiting, Mick Potter. St Hilaire remains in temporary charge of the first team as they try to break a run of nine defeats at Hull KR on Saturday.
Two players have been suspended for their part in the brawl in last week's Humberside derby, Hull KR's Ben Cockayne for two matches and Danny Tickle of Hull for one.
The former London Broncos winger, Richard Blackman, is making a comeback at the age of 40. Blackman has approached the Sussex Merlins, who play in the South East division of the Rugby League Conference. He is now a fitness guru and has changed his name to Jericho Sunfire. The Hove-based club's chairman Nick Weston said that he had asked about playing Masters Rugby. "But he's in great nick and I reckon he could do a job for us," he said.Reuse content