Castleford Tigers half-back Liam Finn has spoken about how much he is enjoying life in Super League after several seasons as one of the leading players in the championship.
Finn, 30, is also enjoying himself at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and is pleased to have proven one of the success stories of 2014 so far.
After signing a two-year contract extension with an option for the club to extend his stay a further year on top of that, Finn said: “I came to Castleford initially for one year to try and take the opportunity and see where it took me so for the club to want to keep me for a bit longer is pleasing.
“It’s pleasing that I’ve managed to do a good enough job to earn a new contract and hopefully I can kick on and establish myself as a Super League player.
“I think if you step up a level anywhere, and in any profession, then you’ve got a point to prove. It doesn’t matter who you’re trying to prove it to, whether it’s yourself or everybody who comes to watch.
“First and foremost I wanted to prove to myself that I can play Super League after watching it for the last 10 years and thinking to myself that I could do it. But that’s the easy part. When you get thrown into a Super League game you’ve got to put your money where your mouth is and give it your best shot.
“There’s still room for improvement. I was quite happy with how I started the season, but I felt like I dropped off a little bit and it probably cost me my place in the team a couple of times.
“Jamie (Ellis) came in and played well and put massive pressure on the half-back positions.
“We’ve got quality that’s playing and quality that’s on the sidelines, which is one of the strengths that we’ve got at the moment. Jamie Ellis came in and played really well and put massive pressure on the half back positions, so I feel like I’ve had to up my game again in recent weeks.
“Hopefully now I can concentrate even more on my rugby and try and improve and not just be a Super League player, but be a good Super League player.
“I’d like us to kick on from the start that we’ve had and cement our place in the top four. We started off with pretty loose goals as a team and I would say that we’ve surpassed those already.
“I think that we’ve got to adjust those as a group and individuals and not worry too much about what’s happening next season. This season is the focus for all of us and we want to finish it off on a high.”
Finn believes it has helped him that he had already worked with head coach Daryl Powell at Featherstone Rovers.
He said: “I pretty much knew the structures and systems that Daryl was going to put in place from working with him before.
“It was a probably a little bit easier for me to fall into that than some of the other lads who haven’t played like that before.
“But I think I’m part of a good team at the moment and I’m enjoying it.”