Impressive Moors can get even better says Castleford boss

Junior Moors.
Junior Moors.

Player of the year he may be, but there is more to come from strong running forward Junior Moors according to Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell.

The 30-year-old Samoan international has signed a contract extension to stay with the Tigers until the end of 2019 and Powell expects to see further improvement from a player who really hit his straps in 2016.

He told the Express: “Junior Moors has played really well this year, his standards have improved significantly.

“He’s been a handful when he’s carried the ball consistently and it was a great reward for him when he won the club‘s player of the year awards.

“He will be looking to kick on now. There’s still bits in his game he can get better at, but his attacking game in particular has been outstanding this year.”

Powell is delighted that Moors has committed his future to the Tigers with the two-year contract extension to his existing deal, which was due to run out at the end of next year.

He said: “After a slow start in 2015 he had an enormous 2016, being one of the best forwards in Super League.

“His ball carry and his ability with his skill as a forward gives us an extra dimension in our game.

“I have no doubt that he will continue to improve and we will see the very best of Junior Moors in the next few years.”

Head coach Powell, meanwhile, had more words of praise for other players who enjoyed a big season in 2016.

He said: “There’s been a whole heap of outstanding players this year.

“The ones who have played pretty much every game had to dig in because we haven’t been able to rotate players and give them a breather. It shows a fair bit of durability from a lot of our senior players.

“Luke Gale getting the Albert Goldthorpe Medal for the second year in succession is a great achievement and shows how well he has played consistently.

“Adam Milner has improved a lot in the second half of the season. He’s played a fair bit at 13 as well as obviously his regular position at hooker.

“His intertwining with Paul McShane has worked really well. Both mixed and matched and Paul’s been great with his half-back play as well when we’ve been under pressure.

“Greg Minikin’s young player of the year award was well deserved. When he came in this year we weren’t sure how he was going to go. He was brand new to Super League, he’d stepped up two competition levels. One is very hard never mind two, but the impact he’s made has been significant.

“I think from going up against Kallum Watkins off the bench and starting against Catalans and the way he’s developed throughout this year has been exceptional.

“He’s going to get bigger and he’s going to need to get bigger physically to handle the challenges of some of the physical centres, but his natural balance and ability to carry the ball has been something that’s been a stand-out feature of his play this year – and I think it’s going to get better.”

Luke Gale is expected to make his England debut against France in Avignon on Saturday after head coach Wayne Burnett announced his intention to give run-outs to players who have been inactive for the last month 8s.