Dorn rejoins Castleford Tigers

Luke Dorn in action in his first spell as a Castleford player.
Luke Dorn in action in his first spell as a Castleford player.

Castleford Tigers have announced the signing of London Broncos’ utility back Luke Dorn on a two-year-contract.

The 31-year-old Australian will re-join the Tigers ahead of next season for his second spell with the club having been Castleford’s leading try scorer in 2008 when he notched 19 tries in 26 appearances.

Dorn moved from Cas at the end of that season to London, the club he originally signed for when he left Sydney Roosters in 2004. During his stints at Cas, London and Salford City Reds, Dorn has scored 124 tries in 200 Super League appearances.

Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said: “Luke is a player that I have admired for a long time.

“His ability to play at half-back or full-back is massive and his leadership qualities and experience make him a key recruitment for us next season.

“I look forward to working with a quality individual who I know will drive our standards.”

Dorn said: “I absolutely loved my time at Cas and I’m very, very excited about coming back.

“Had circumstances been a little bit different at the time I think that I probably wouldn’t have left.

“I really can’t wait to come back and my family are looking forward to getting back up there; it’s very exciting for us. I really loved the whole environment at Castleford last time; personally I had a decent year and although we didn’t as a team results wise, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“The fans were brilliant and the boys were great so it’s somewhere that I have really fond memories of and I’m looking forward to rekindling that.

“I loved playing at Cas; it brought out something in my game that was pretty unique. Even when I’ve gone back to the Jungle in previous years I’ve been quite successful for London.

“I’m really looking forward to putting the jumper on again and scoring my first try at the Wheldon Road End. I have scored a few tries down that end that are very memorable for me and hopefully I can build on that and get a few more.”

With exactly 200 Super League games under his belt, Dorn adds a lot of experience to a youthful Tigers team.

He added: “I bring my knowledge of the game and my enthusiasm for success.

“My experience is something that will be beneficial. I’ve been coaching with the under 19s at London for the last four years so my experience with dealing with those guys is good.

“The quality of young players playing at Cas at the moment is brilliant. To have some older guys there that can have a bit of a leadership role with them on and off the field is only a good thing.”