As one season ends plans begin for the next with Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell believing he could have an even stronger squad in 2015.
With eight players leaving and eight coming in it will be another new look squad for Powell to work with, but after the giant strides made in 2014 the head coach sees no reason why further progress cannot be made.
He will be without Marc Sneyd, Daryl Clark, Weller Hauraki, Craig Huby and Jamie Ellis who all played their final matches for the club against Warrington while Lee Gilmour, Dan Fleming and Garreth Carvell have also left.
In their place Cas have brought in Junior Moors and Ben Roberts from the NRL, Bradford scrum-half Luke Gale, Featherstone Rovers prop Steve Crossley and four from London in Scott Moore, Mike McMeeken, Matt Cook and Denny Solomona.
“We’re looking to kick on now after a great season and it makes it a bit easier that we are having a change round in squad,” said Powell.
“You refresh and although there’s some really good players leaving we’ve got a lot of good ones coming in so on balance we have a good chance of having a better squad next year.
“Obviously there’s a couple of players going who have been exceptional this year. But we’ve got a little bit more out of the players who are already here then the boys that come in, if we’ve got our recruitment right, will improve us. That’s the plan and whether it works that way, it’s coaching isn’t it? That’s what you get paid to do.”
Powell said that he and his coaching staff would learn from the season just ended when many of the players were treading new ground to be up there challenging for trophies.
He added: “We reached the Challenge Cup final and learned a lot from that, we were one win away from the league leaders’ shield and then we played our first home play-off game, which we are pretty proud of. We have learned from all those experiences and hopefully we’ll be in for them again next year.”