While admitting that injuries have made this season tough Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell believes that some good can come out it with young players benefiting from the extra chances they have been given as a result of the absentees.
Young forwards Mike McMeeken and Gadwin Springer have been regular members of the first team squad and are now looking like battle hardened professionals while centre Greg Minikin, prop Will Maher and half-back Tom Holmes have all been given tastes of what it is like to play in the Super League.
The development of the younger members of the squad has been a positive for head coach Powell.
He said: “It’s been tough because we’ve been bedding young players or new players into the team.
“We’ve constantly been working out new combinations. That’s probably been the hardest parts this season.
“But one of the benefits is you see people like Greg Minikin evolve as a player. He’s done that pretty quickly into someone you look and think he’s going to be a Super League player of quality in the future.
“Greg was really good against Wakefield, the try he scored from 95 metres was outstanding.
“For a young player to come into the team and to gradually improve and do some of the things he’s done is high quality.
“He’s got a natural instinct about him that I saw a little bit in Zak Hardaker when I had him at Featherstone.
“He’s done a great job and he’s been one of the pluses.
“People like Tom Holmes coming through and playing has been another.”