Dorn aiming to go out on a high with Castleford

Luke Dorn in action for Castleford Tigers at Leeds.
Luke Dorn in action for Castleford Tigers at Leeds.

Retiring full-back Luke Dorn intends to show he still has plenty to offer in Super League as Leeds Rhinos found out when he came up with a try hat-trick on his comeback from injury.

Dorn left two months of injury frustration behind with a sparkling display at Headingley as the Tigers won 52-12 and the following day surprised fans with the announcement that he was retiring at the end of the season.

Before then, however, he has a big part to play for Castleford and believes they can push up towards the top four to give him a great send-off when he returns to Australia at the end of the season, following 11 years in England.

He said: “It takes a bit of heat off the younger guys, who have been fantastic.

“Without your senior players, you can do it for a little while - which our boys have done - but then, eventually, it just takes its toll.

“We haven’t been able to rotate people around which Powelly’s has been good at in seasons past.

“He has been good at giving guys a rest, but he has not able to do that this year. But with guys coming back in now, Jake (Webster) got a rest on Thursday and then he’s good next week.

“Hopefully we’ll get Benny Roberts back in next few weeks and then Frankie Mariano and our team starts to look completely different and we’re building towards that.”

Despite his hat-trick taking the headlines, Dorn played down his own role in the win at Leeds.

He said: “I just turned up in the right spot.

“Our forwards were outstanding. They knew they had to go to Leeds and step up.

“Mikey (McMeeken) on the right edge, Junior (Moors) on the left, they were fantastic.

“If we can continue these performances it’s really good for our game.”

Dorn also paid tribute to Luke Gale, who was a driving force at half-back.

He added: “He’s fantastic. I love playing with Galey.

“When they brought him down to London we had a really good relationship and played some good footy.

“Although we didn’t win as many games as we did when we came to Cas, we still played some good stuff.

“We’ve always had a good understanding between each other and can play pretty hot at times and do things off the cuff.

“He’s just been outstanding. He just looks like a free spirit who does what he wants, but now he’s also got that other side of things - control.

“Any half-back worth his salt will develop that and he’s started to get that. It’s turning him into a great half-back.”