Castleford Tigers star Paul McShane believes his team are ready to go to the next level in the next few weeks.
McShane, who has been one of the Tigers’ most consistent players this year and is well ahead in the fans’ player of the year voting, says Castleford are working hard to ensure they improve after a difficult start to the season.
“We have gone a bit under the radar,” he said.
“No one’s really watching us because of the start we had, but we’ll just keep ticking away and trying to keep improving.
“In a month or so, or even in the next couple of weeks, we’re going to get some key players back and hopefully we can kick on to another level then.
“We’ll keep training hard because we want to be a top team and we want to be talked about. We’ve said that for the last couple of years, we want to be right up there competing.”
Tonight’s opponents St Helens have taken over as the competition’s most talked about team and McShane insisted Tigers want to put that right.
He said: “They are flying at the minute. They are top of the league and they are who you aim for, but we are at home and hopefully we can fix up on the two results we’ve had against them already.”
Tigers were outplayed 46-6 at Saints in Super League round one and beaten 36-18 in a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie at the Jungle 12 days ago.
“There were a few little blips in certain areas where we could have done better,” admitted McShane.
“I thought we fixed up a few of those and hopefully we can keep building and put in a good performance.”
McShane says the Tigers have taken some confidence from their performance and result at Magic Weekend.
He added: “I think we showed a bit of character.
“We’ve got a really tough block of games coming up and we’ve been searching for a performance like that.
“To deliver it was good. Our first couple of good ball sets were a bit rusty, but then young Truey [Jake Trueman] took control of the game.
“He was outstanding and he set us a platform with his confidence in the first half.
“He got us on the front foot. It was a massive step forward for us and the challenge now is being consistent and repeating it.”