‘Flattered’ Finn glad for a second chance

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IRELAND World Cup captain Liam Finn is determined to make the most of his second shot at Super League.

Finn has joined Castleford Tigers after being released by neighbours Featherstone Rovers, where he scored 1,484 points during two spells.

The 30-year-old half-back/hooker registered two tries, 30 goals and a drop-goal in 21 Super League appearances for Halifax in 2002-2003 and turned out twice – once off the bench – for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in 2004.

Finn, who has also played for Dewsbury Rams and is a former Championship player of the year, said he was “flattered and extremely grateful” to be given another shot at the big time, a decade after his previous opportunity.

“I didn’t take my chance last time and it has been a long road back,” Finn admitted.

“I hope to pay that back to the club and the coaching staff with hard work and by proving to them – and to myself – that I am more than capable of being a quality Super League player.”

Finn captained Featherstone during current Tigers coach Daryl Powell’s time as team boss.

Powell said: “Liam Finn has been a stand-out performer in the Championship for the last four seasons.

“I am supremely confident he will do well in Super League as a result of his professional attitude and skill sets and I’m looking forward to working with him again.”

Featherstone have also released former London Broncos forward Lamont Byran and said both players left by “mutual consent”.

Rovers also confirmed that Jonny Hepworth has had to retire because of a back injury.

Hepworth, formerly with Leeds Rhinos, Leeds Tykes and hometown club Castleford, said: “For 13 years I enjoyed a career that was virtually injury-free, but I have been suffering with a disc problem.

“This is particularly tough as a part-time player with a full-time job during the day.

“Featherstone are a great club and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time there. Rovers are really going places.

“I have many friends at Featherstone Rovers both on the pitch, off the pitch and, of course, all the supporters.”