Flynn wings in to sign for Castleford

Paddy Flynn in action for Widnes.
Paddy Flynn in action for Widnes.

Castleford Tigers have added further to their squad by signing winger Paddy Flynn from Widnes Vikings for the rest of the 2016 season.

Flynn will help the Tigers increase their depth in the outside backs after a number of injuries have hampered the team so far this year.

Flynn joins Castleford on loan from Widnes Vikings, having only appeared in one game during the 2016 season so far, playing in the Vikings’ Challenge Cup victory over Rochdale.

But during 2014 and 2015 the 28-year-old had been a regular fixture in the Widnes side, grabbing 10 tries in 2015 and 19 during 2014.

The winger is a Thatto Heath product who made his debut for Widnes back in 2008.

Flynn is looking forward to jumping straight into training with his new team mates today.

He said: “I’m really happy about the loan deal.

“I’ve always been a fan of Daryl and the way his teams play. Even when Powell was the Featherstone coach when Widnes were in the Championship I always thought they were tough to beat and well organised and that’s always down to a good coach. On that note I can’t wait to get started and rip in.”

Tigers head coach Daryl Powell is delighted to add strength to his squad at a time when injuries are taking their toll.

He said: “Paddy Flynn comes to us at a crucial period of the season.

“Whenever he has played against us he has had a strong influence on the game, he is a tough defender and carries the ball very strongly in all areas of the field.

“I’m confident he will add depth and quality to our back line as we look to strengthen our game in what is going to be a really tough block of games.”

Tigers chief executive Steve Gill added: “Bringing Paddy in has given us some real competition for places in the outside backs.

“Although Paddy is cup tied he will be available to play in all our league games and we look forward to him turning out in our famous colours.”