Orr: Richardson was top of the list

Posted: Monday 21st October 2019 - 4:42 PM

Richardson joined the Tigers from St Helens for an undisclosed fee last week, with Orr revealing to castlefordtigers.com that the England Knights pivot was the club’s first choice as a replacement for the outgoing Luke Gale.

With Richardson highlighting his desire to work with a Castleford coaching staff that includes fellow ex-international half backs Daryl Powell and Ryan Sheridan, Orr says they’re looking forward to helping Richardson fulfil his potential.

“Shez (Ryan Sheridan) has been a bit more hands on with the half backs over the last few years and I’ve focused on the outside backs, but between the three of us with Powelly it’s something we all enjoy in terms of working with the halves.

“Danny himself has said that he’s excited to come here to work with the coaching staff because he’s looked at how several half backs have improved here over the years and I think we’ve got a proven history of that.

“We can use at Galey as an example, a good player, kind of stuck in his career when he came to us but he’s kicked on to become an international half back, not just through us but through his own hard work as well.

“Truey has developed a lot, he’s come through at Bradford and then kicked on in our system and he’s become an international half back, so hopefully we can add Danny to that list.

“We need to strengthen in this position and of the list we put together of potential targets Danny was at the top of the list and we managed to get him., which is great.”

Much has been made of Richardson’s potential partnership with Jake Trueman at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle which would say two of the country’s top young talents paired together in a mouth-watering proposition for the future of the club.

The more experienced Jamie Ellis is also in contention for a place in the side, with Orr eager to restart the competition for places within the squad which has played a key role in the development of the side in recent years.

“It’s such a key position is half back that if you can have a settled pair it massively helps in the way you want to play. If you’re jostling around all the time it doesn’t help with getting those combinations right.

“Danny and Truey, they’re both young lads, both exciting and similar sort of players. They should give us a good balance, we’ll have a good left-footed kicker and a good right-footed kicker so hopefully they’ll complement each other pretty well.

“Let’s not forget though we’ve got Jamie Ellis at the club as well who is a good player in his own right. He’s been out most of last year with injury so Danny coming in gives us that extra competition for places. They’ll push each other and whoever is training and playing the best will get the shirt.

“That competition is something we’ve tried to have for the last six or seven years with players challenging for a place in the side but we’ve not managed to quite get it over the last couple of seasons with injury.

“You look in the halves with Galey, Ellis and Benny Roberts all missing time over the last couple of years, we’ve been left with Truey running the show as a 20-year-old half back. If we can put another player in that position hopefully it will help Truey become a better player as well.”

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