McShane wary of threat offered by former team-mates

Castleford's Paul McShane.
Castleford's Paul McShane.

As part of the Wakefield Wildcats team that stunned Castleford Tigers with a victory at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on the opening day of last season no-one is better qualified to outline the threat his former team-mates offer to his current ones this Sunday.

The Tigers take on their neighbours in a 3.30pm kick-off with both teams looking for their first win of the season after disappointing opening outings, but both knowing they were close to victories.

While Cas were letting the lead slip in the final minute to draw at Hull KR the Wildcats were only narrowly going down to Widnes after fighting back well following an 18-4 deficit and they will be a different proposition for the Tigers this Sunday than they were in the recent pre-season warm-up, according to McShane.

He said: “In pre-season games you are still finding your feet. It is all about getting combinations right.

“When the season starts you want everything to fit together and you want to try and win every game.

“I am sure they will put that result to the back of their minds and both teams will want to get the win.

“Under Brian Smith, I think they have improved a lot and that showed towards the back end of last year.

“They look to have improved their discipline a lot and both sides are searching for their first win, so there’s everything to play for.”

Along with his Cas team-mates McShane was disappointed with the outcome at Hull KR and the extra blow of losing skipper Michael Shenton to a long term injury.

He said: “Defensively I thought we were great, so to let the game slip how we did was disappointing.

“Losing Shenny is a massive blow. He is our captain and a calming influence for us, but he is still going to be around.

“We have got a lot of leaders in the group, like Grant Millington, Luke Dorn, Luke Gale and Andy Lynch and I am sure they can duplicate what he does.”

McShane impressed head coach Daryl Powell with his pre-season displays and is determined to make the most of his chance at Castleford.

He added: “I am really enjoying it. They are a really close-knit bunch and I like the way Daryl Powell wants the side to play.

“Getting in towards the back end of last year got me up to speed, rather than having to start in pre-season. I got a head start and I am really looking forward to the year.

“It is a great club and they have got a lot of good things going for them. As a group we believe we can do something special.

“In the past Cas have probably surprised a few people, but they are starting to believe now. We definitely we can push for something this year.”