New boy Cook aiming to win trophies with Castleford

Matt Cook (left) in action in his Bradford Bulls days.
Matt Cook (left) in action in his Bradford Bulls days.

New recruit Matt Cook has set his sights on winning silverware with Castleford Tigers.

Cook, who has joined the Tigers on a two-year deal, is getting stuck into the tough pre-season regime set up by head coach Daryl Powell and from what he has already seen is confident his new team can challenge for honours in 2015.

The former London, Bradford and Hull KR forward spent some time on loan at Castleford in 2008 so is already familiar with the club and says he has had no trouble settling in. He believes he has returned to the club at a great time with everyone determined to kick on after the success of 2014.

Cook told the Express: “It’s a club going in the right direction and it’s only going to keep going up and up. I want to be a part of that.

“It’s my dream to be competing for silverware and all I’ve wanted to do is to play in a Grand Final or in the Challenge Cup final – I believe that’s doable at Castleford and that’s my goal.

“They came very close to winning a trophy last season and hopefully we can go a step further this season coming with myself involved.

“Castleford are on the up. Last year was great without a doubt and one of the best they’ve had in a very long time. There’s still a lot of the same people around the club who have the same high ambition and high expectations to go even further.

“The coaching staff are the same and everyone’s after success and I believe the personnel are good enough for it as well. It’s definitely a team I want to be a part of.

“I made the decision to come to Castleford early on after speaking to Daryl Powell and seeing how the club had changed so much in the past 12 months from being at the bottom end of the table to finishing fourth and being in the Challenge Cup final.”

Cook is now looking forward to running out in a Cas shirt and thrilled by the prospect of having fans on his side at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

He said: “It was exciting when I came up with London to play against Castleford. The ground was packed to the rafters and was very vocal.

“They are almost on top of the pitch at the Jungle and it will be exciting to be hopefully running out there pretty soon in front of those fans in a Cas jersey. Hearing them shout their support rather than shouting against me will be a great feeling.

“It’s a ground I’ve always enjoyed playing at. Probably because it’s so compact and you can hear every word the fans say pretty much, they are right on top of you.

“It’s always a good atmosphere, the music’s banging out in the warm-up and it kind of gets you all buzzed up for the match.

“Hopefully the ground will be rocking again next year and we can kick on and keep it going from last season.

“I’d like to think we can hopefully go a step further this year.”