International half-back Ben Roberts will achieve an ambition when he runs out with Castleford Tigers in his first Super League game.
Roberts, 29, is settling in at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle after arriving from Australia on a two-year deal with the Tigers and cannot wait to have a crack at Super League.
The Samoa and New Zealand international brings with him plenty of experience, having played in more than 150 games in Australia’s top flight with Melbourne Storm, Canterbury Bulldogs and Parramatta Eels and believes this is a good time in his career to be at Castleford.
He said: “Playing in Super League is something I have always wanted to do when the time was right. That time is now in my career.
“I wanted to make sure I still had a bit in me to give to the game. I didn’t want to come over here towards the back end of my career, when I thought I would probably only go another year or two.
“The way I am feeling right now, I could probably go another three or four years easily.
“I played for Samoa against England and got a gauge of the style I’d be seeing here.”
Roberts believes he has joined a club on the up with determination to challenge the top teams in Super League.
He said: “Before coming over I tried to find out a bit about the club and heard nothing but good things about the club, from people who had played there in the past.
“They didn’t really have to do much speaking as ask anyone and they tell you the same thing – how passionate the fans are here, the culture of the club and the expectation they have on their players.
“After last year they have set a standard now and Daryl Powell, being the sort of bloke he is, doesn’t expect anything less. He sets high standards in training and games.”