AFTER bringing the curtain down on his 16-year Super League playing career Danny Orr is relishing the chance to take the first step on the way to possibly becoming Castleford Tigers head coach one day.
It is a case of one door opening as another shuts for the popular half-back, who played his last game for the Tigers at Hull’s KC Stadium on Sunday before now taking up a full-time coaching role with his hometown club.
Having already combined some coaching with his playing it is something he has always wanted to get into and he is delighted to have been given the chance to assist Ian Millward at his hometown club.
He said: “I’m looking forward to taking on a coaching role with the club next year..
“Coaching is something I’ve done for a number of years now and enjoyed. I’ll be working with the first team as one of Basil’s assistants and I’ll be working with the under 19s on a night so I’m going to have my hands full, but it’s something I’m looking forward to.
“It’s a new path, a new career and I’m going to get stuck into it.
“I’ve been working with the under 18s for the past two years with Richard Tunningley and I thoroughly enjoy it. I get a lot out of seeing the youngsters coming through. There’s another batch to come through and I’ll take pride in that.
“I would like to be head coach at Cas one day, but it’s a long way away at the moment, I’m only just beginning as a coach. You’ve got to earn your stripes and do your time and learn.
“I’ve just got one foot on the ladder and I’ve got to learn from all the different coaches I’ve worked with in the past and I’m going to work with in the future.
“I would like to one day be a head coach, but it’s a couple of years down the line yet.”
Orr is also being kept busy with the Elite Academy he runs with fellow Cas star Ryan Hudson, who has also retired from playing this week.
Training youngsters from as young as four up to 16 for several evenings a week at the Castleford Academy School and Kings High School, Pontefract is proving rewarding with the academy a big success.
Orr added: “The academy is going really well. Numbers have been coming and coming and we’ve had to get some new coaches in to coach all the kids.
“Myself and Ryan are really enjoying it and we’re looking at improving what we’re doing. We’ve got a few things in the pipeline and just watch this space.
“The recent charity day went really well. We got some decent weather and everyone had a good day. We made a few quid for the charities as well.
“The kids loved it and the parents as well and everyone just wants to know when we’re doing another one. The feedback’s been really good.”
Orr, 34, made his first team debut for Castleford in 1997 and became the captain before going on to play three years at Wigan from 2004 and four with London. He ended his his career with two seasons back at his hometown club and fittingly in his last year he has picked up four club player of the year awards
In all he has played 418 senior club games, including 242 for the Tigers, for who he has scored 84 tries and 326 goals.
Orr admitted last week that he had been moved by the response from supporters at the end of his final home game.
He added: “The crowd was fantastic to me and the fans have been tremendous to me all the way through my career.
“Even when I went away and came back they all stood behind me.
“I really appreciate the support my team-mates and the Castleford fans have given me.”