Young Castleford star enjoying extra freedom

Daryl Clark.
Daryl Clark.
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Local lad made good Daryl Clark is delighted with the way Castleford Tigers have surprised people with their flying start to the new season.

Early days, maybe, but not many were predicting the Tigers to be top of the table and with tries in the first two games 21-year-old Fryston lad Clark is playing a full part and is pleased with the way he and the team have started the campaign.

He said: “We thought we’d got a good team together, but you never really know until you go out and test it in the games. But I think we’ve surprised a lot of people with the points we’ve scored.

“The big question was with Rangi leaving would we be able to create and score as many points as we have over the years?

“Everything we did went through Rangi. But Daryl (Powell) has said that we have to change the way we play now all across the board.

“It gets split up a lot more between both halves and obviously me and Adam Milner at nine. We’ve got a bit more responsibility and are being encouraged to run a bit more with the ball.

“I’m enjoying my game at the minute. Daryl has given me a bit more freedom with the ball and it’s good.

“I’m getting a lot of game time,which is what I want.”

Clark is looking forward to facing old mate Jonny Walker when the two line-up on opposing sides in Friday night’s Super League clash at Hull KR. It will be the first time Walker has played against Cas after moving to Rovers at the end of last season and Clark admitted it would be strange to play against him instead of alongside him.

He added: “I played in the academy, under 20s and first team with him here. I’ve trained with him for a long time and he’s a real character.

“Since I’ve been at Cas he’s always been here so it will be a bit different seeing him on the other side.

“All the lads know him and are pretty good mates with him. We know Jonny is a big physical player. He’s a big tackler and strong to put down.

“I’ve not really spoken to him since he’s left, but I’m sure we’ll have a catch-up after the game.”