KIERAN Gill, the young Castleford centre who has joined Roughyeds on a month’s loan, says he is “excited” at the prospect of getting game time at Championship level.
“I’m looking forward to playing for Oldham and helping them as much as I can,” said 20-year-old Gill, who is expected to go straight into the side for the crucial Whitehaven game at Bower Fold (3pm).
He trained with Scott Naylor’s men for the first time on Thursday and for a second time this (Saturday) morning.
He hasn’t played since he broke a hand while playing on dual-registration for Castleford’s partner club, Oxford, in a KP League One clash in Toulouse.
Added Kieran: “The hand’s fine now and I’m raring to go, but I haven’t played since it happened. I was in a Toulouse hospital for six hours and nobody could tell a word I was saying.”
A Cas lad, he had connections with home-town Tigers in his early teens, but he signed for Salford Red Devils to play in their under-17s academy side after impressing them while playing for Yorkshire under-17s (BARLA) in a triangular county tournament with Lancashire and Cumbria.
While at Salford he was coached by Peter Carey, now a member of Oldham’s coaching team, and he became acquainted with Gareth Owen and Adam Files.
He enjoyed his stay at Salford but when Castleford came calling with an opportunity for him to play in the under-19s at The Jungle, on his doorstep and the team he had supported as a boy, it was a chance he couldn’t turn down.
In his second season of under-19s rugby in Cas colours he was offered a two-year, full-time contract which runs to the end of next season.
He is now too old for under-19s rugby, hence Castleford’s willingness to let him out on dual-reg and/or loan to gain valuable experience of senior rugby.