Dan Fleming ready to grasp his Castleford Tigers opportunity

They say if you don’t ask, you don’t get and Dan Fleming’s move to Castleford is the living proof of that.

The prop is currently on a one-month trial with the Tigers after reaching out to coach Daryl Powell to see if he could get an opportunity with the club.

“I messaged Daryl,” revealed Fleming.

“With everything that’s happened, I knew agents would be calling clubs and it would get annoying. So I spoke to my agent and told him I was going to get in touch with Daryl and see if I could get an opportunity with them. He thought it was a good idea and, luckily enough, Daryl said yes.

“I’m really grateful to him. I’ve been playing part-time and I think you don’t realise how good something is until it’s not there, so getting up for training every morning, I’ve been pinching myself.”

Fleming admits that this could be his last chance for Super League glory, having last played in the top-flight with the Tigers in 2014.

“The dream would be to stay at Castleford and hopefully that will happen, but that’s on me.

“I’ve been given the opportunity at the age of 28, so it’s the last chance to play Super League I think.

“But I’ve got nothing to lose. I’m out of contract and I’m on trial, so the only way is up and I’m just really grateful. I’m hoping I can do enough to get a game.”

While trying to earn a contract, Fleming is also doubling up away from the field as he looks to run his cake shop in Halifax’s Piece Hall.

“I don’t do anything by halves!

“With Toronto dropping out and Hull having the Covid situation, we’ve had weekends off, so I’ve been able to work in the shop.

“There have been a few challenges and it’s been tough with the wholesalers, but there are no dramas really. I have a lot on my hands, but I’m grateful for the opportunity and if anything does come of it then that would be unbelievable.”

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