After welcoming the majority of his first team players back into training this week Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell declared himself happy with the squad the club has assembled for the 2014 season.
The Tigers started their first pre-season under Powell’s supervision on Monday with eight new players added to their ranks and their head coach looking forward to a big challenge ahead.
He told the Express: “I’m really pleased with what we’ve been able to put together as a squad. We’ve got real good people and quality players into the bargain too.
“The squad’s strong, it’s competitive and everyone’s looking forward to what’s in front of them.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to grow Castleford Tigers as a club. Our job’s to make sure we get it right on the field and I’m confident we will be able to do that.
“It’s going to be tough there’s no doubt about that and it’s going to be a competitive season, but I think we’ve got everything in place to get the job done.
“Including Michael Channing we’ve signed eight so there’s been quite a few coming in. There’s real quality and experience and I like the mix of the group. There’s some good quality young players in the squad and some experience as well.”
Powell is now turning his attention to pre-season plans.
He said: “We’ve just started this week and I’m pleased we’ve come back in good shape.
“We’ve a lot of work to do and the players have started pretty well.
“We’ve mapped out what we want from the players. The players’ physical development is crucial at this stage in the early part of pre-season. Conditioning gets a lot of time at this stage and developing core skills is important.
“We’re changing the way we play a little bit too so we’ve got a lot of work to do, but we’ve got some time to do it. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”