Castleford Tigers’ new half-back Luke Gale believes he has joined a club on the up and expects the team to make more progress after the giant strides made in 2014.
Gale has joined Castleford from Bradford Bulls for the 2014 season and wants to be challenging for trophies as the Tigers were last year.
“It’s a good time to be joining Cas,” he said.
“Halfway through last season Bradford were going down and I had a few options as to who to join. I spoke with Daryl Powell for an hour over a coffee. He told me about the club, told me about the passion and the way they wanted to move forward and he sold me straight away.
“I came straight out of the talk with decision made, I wanted to be a Cas player.
“Everything they’ve got down here is building.
“Daryl is a great man for the job and Danny Orr, his backroom staff, Ryan Sheridan, the conditioner Ben Cooper and obviously the fans, everything is in place.
“The achievement last year when they got to the cup final, they want to be playing for honours.
“I want to be part of what they are building here. I think they are building something real big and I think it could be special.
“It would be brilliant, a real dream come true if I can get to play at Wembley, like the Cas lads did last year. It’s something you dream about from being little.”
Gale says there is confidence in the camp that the Tigers can kick on.
He added: “A lot of people are going to bring up last year and what happened. We’ve tried not to speak about that too much, it’s a brand new team, we’ve lost a few, but we’ve gained a few as well and we’ve got a really good squad with 35 players or so, which is real big.
“We’re looking forward to building on last year.
“Top eight has to be the minimum aim.
“The league will be a lot tougher, though, as we’ve lost two at the bottom. The start is going to be vital, especially with this new format.
“A few teams last year didn’t start too well and thought they would catch it up at the end, but there’s only 23 games this year before it splits.”