Newcomer Tansey has inside track on Castleford

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats’ new signing Jordan Tansey admits he never wanted to depart Castleford Tigers.

He faces his former team-mates tomorrow barely three weeks after making the move to their West Yorkshire rivals.

The full-back has already shown his versatility, playing wing and stand-off in his first three games with bottom-placed Trinity.

Chances had been hard to come by at Wheldon Road for the former Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC player.

Yet Tansey – whom previous coach Ian Millward signed for Tigers ahead of 2013 – conceded: “I didn’t want to leave. I enjoyed it at Cas and they are playing well at the moment.

“But I need to be playing. There’s no point staying if you’re not doing that so that’s why I chose to come here – to get some game-time.

“Cas have got a few who can play full-back. Dorny (Luke Dorn) has come back from injury and Benny Roberts was playing well when he got his chance, so my game-time was limited.”

While Tigers are aiming for Super League’s top four, their hosts tomorrow are readying themselves for some tough battles ahead in the qualifiers.

But Tansey, 28, maintained: “It should be a good game.

“I have a few good mates there and I’m looking forward to playing against them.

“Hopefully, I might be able to tell Brian (coach Brian Smith) a few things about how they play, which might help us, but Cas are playing really well at the minute, so it’s going to be a tough match.

“We just need to perform well and if we do the result will take care of itself.”

After tomorrow, Wakefield have just one more match – at Huddersfield Giants – to gear up for the qualifiers when they face the other bottom four clubs plus leading quartet from the Kingstone Press Championship with, ultimately, their top-flight status in the melting pot.

Against Castleford, they include their latest new signing, prop Anthony Mullally, who joined from Huddersfield on Tuesday, in the 19-man squad and Smith has confirmed he will debut.

The visitors, meanwhile, have scrum-half Luke Gale back after he missed Sunday’s defeat at Hull due to illness.