2016 could be the Year of the Castleford Tiger according to their coach Daryl Powell.
So is Silverware heading to The Jungle? That all depends on who you ask, Castleford Tigers have waited 30 years to answer that question, but this could be the Year of the Castleford Tiger.
It was 1986 when they last lifted a trophy. Fifth place in the Super League last season wasn’t even close as far as handing out trophies goes, but the 2016 season is a new day and a new better placed team according to Coach Powell.
Daryl Powell has built Castleford from the ground up over the past two in charge. Working with his team on set pieces and tactics has built trust and a clear understanding of the target they have set for this season.
Powell’s approach to getting all of the 29 man squad match fit and ready has installed an urgency and determination to get on the first team. No place is guaranteed and with that he has cemented a desire in the team to be part of that selection. It hasn’t all been about replacing the team, but reworking what they have.
New experienced players have also been brought in over the winter period to strengthen the team and provide a bit more depth to their play, including Ryan Hampshire and Joel Monaghan. Young talent has also been added with Will Maher and Ash Robson.
“Mentally and physically, we’re in a great place, certainly technically and tactically I think we are. There are a few different bits and pieces we need to do over the next month but we’ve looked really good in practice.”
“We’ve got a really solid pack with a fair bit of intelligence about it and, as far as the backline goes, we’ve done a fair of recruiting and that’s where we’ll be looking to have a cutting edge about us,” he said.
If Castleford Tigers West Yorkshire home ground stadium is to be the new home of the 2016 Super League trophy, then 2016 really would be The Year of the Castleford Tiger.