On-loan Castleford Tigers winger Paddy Flynn admits he’s relishing the chance to face parent club Widnes tonight – if selected – and revealed how he was allowed to leave the club in order for the Vikings to land a new signing of their own.
Flynn, after making just one appearance for the club in 2016 against Rochdale in the Challenge Cup, was allowed to leave on loan and join the Tigers in a bid to potentially land a contract for next season.
And the winger told Rugby-League.com how he was essentially sacrificed after not getting a run of games in the team to allow Widnes to land the signing of Jack Buchanan.
“Denis (Betts) said earlier in the year he didn’t want me to go out on loan because the games would come thick and fast around Easter and he wanted me to be ready,” Flynn said.
“I tried to prepare myself the best I could but the opportunity didn’t come – for whatever reason, I’m not sure.
“Then Alex Gerrard got injured and he said they wanted to get another player in to replace him so they had to move someone out on loan. I was that sacrifice.”
Flynn, however, insists he holds no grudges against Widnes at all, and revealed he’s also open to staying at Cas in 2017 if the option came about.
He said: “They wanted to do right by me and give me a fair chance of playing every game I could to try and earn a contract for next year.
“It’s early days yet but I’m liking my time here at Cas and Daryl is getting the best out of me so I wouldn’t mind staying if there was an opportunity.”