New signing James Green cannot wait to have Castleford Tigers fans on his side after admitting that he has always “dreaded” games at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle as an away player.
Green has played at Castleford several times for previous clubs Hull KR and Leigh Centurions and found it an intimidating place to go with the way the home fans get behind their team.
But after completing a move to the Tigers in the off-season the prop forward is looking forward to running out in a Cas shirt now and being one of the players being backed.
He told the Express: “It was absolutely not a ground I enjoyed coming to. I used to dread playing at Castleford.
“The closeness of the fans, the smaller ground, not the best facilities and the noise the fans make always made it an intimidating place to come to.
“I was glad when Leigh’s first game was at Castleford last year, so we got it out of the way and didn’t have that game to think about.
“So it’s going to be great for me to have those fans on my side now and getting behind my team. I’m definitely looking forward to running out in a Castleford shirt and hearing the fans cheer for me.”
A Tigers debut is likely to come for Green in the Boxing Day game against Featherstone Rovers when he will get his first taste of a Castleford derby.
He said: “The team hasn’t been picked for the Boxing Day game, but I would think it is the plan for me to have a run out.
“Being against Featherstone it will be my first taste of a derby here. I’ve played in a Hull derby and enjoyed those games so I’m looking forward to some derbies at Castleford as well.”
Green is settling in well now the Jungle is “home” and said: “I’m really enjoying it. This is my fourth week now and I’ve been in since day one with all the young lads and new signings.
“It worked out quite well. I had two weeks with a smaller group and this is the second week back with all the group. Doing it in two stages has definitely helped.
“The players have made feel welcome and they are a great bunch. A lot of them have been together for quite a while and they’ve got their friendship circles, but they have all been pretty welcoming and I feel like I’ve been here a lot longer than four weeks.
“I knew Greg Eden and Matt Cook from my Hull KR days, but apart from that this is the first time I’ve met the others, or even spoken to some of them.”
Green is working hard in pre-season in a bid to start the new campaign running as he looks to force his way into the Tigers first team and admits to learning some new things.
He added: “Training’s been really hard so far. Pre-season is pre-season.
“It’s been run a different way to what I’m used to. A lot of the conditioning stuff is with ball in hand so there’s a teaching element and a learning element as well as getting the conditioning side out of it.
“I feel that with Daryl, Ryan and Danny I’m learning every day.
“I turn 27 this week and I still feel I’m learning more now than I have before so it’s been a perfect move for me.
“That’s what I wanted to do when I came here, I wanted to develop as a player and to learn and that’s exactly what I’m doing.”