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.