Castleford Tigers star Junior Moors is enjoying the role of impact substitute which he has played to good effect so far in 2017.
The 2016 club player of the year has begun this season where he left off last with a string of good displays and it was his appearance off the bench that proved the catalyst for the Tigers’ comeback after they had been trailing 14-0 against Catalans.
He told the Express: “I’m enjoying it. It’s been the same sort of thing every game, coming on around the same time. I’ve wrapped my head around doing a job that Daryl Powell wants me to do and it’s going all right.
“I want to keep working hard and keep playing the way I’ve been playing for the team.
“There’s a few things I want to tweak, a couple of things defensively and attacking opportunities, but I’m happy with the way it’s been going for me so far this year.”
Moors admitted it was difficult for him when he first came to Castleford from Australian club Melbourne Storm in 2015, but he feels settled over here now.
He said: “Initially it was tough when I came over here, but I adapted and I’m loving it here now.
“I’m really enjoying my football and want to keep it going.
“I feel comfortable here and I think I’m playing my best rugby. I feel Powelly lets me play a certain brand of footy I really enjoy.
“I feel like a lot of boys are the same way here.”
Moors is also enjoying being part of a Cas team that plays such an expansive game: “It’s great playing for a team who play this way.
“Everyone’s got a good understanding of everyone else’s ability and at the moment it’s going really well.
“Everyone’s played well and it’s just for us to keep going, keep at it. We’re trying to be a consistent top four team. That’s our goal and whatever happens from there happens. We’ve made a great start.
“It feels good to be playing for the team at the top of the league, but it’s not the first thing on my mind. Every week it’s a new challenge to focus on and you take it step by step.”
The value of the win over Catalans was not lost on Moors.
He said: “It was a bit of a disappointing result at Salford and it was important that we bounced back.
“It was good the way we did it, especially after being 14-0 down at the start of the game. The boys really dug deep and it was good to get that win.
“I’m not to sure why we started like we did. We trained really hard making sure we had a good start, but credit to everyone, we all knuckled down and got the game back on.”
Another big crowd packed into the Mend-A-Hose Jungle for last Sunday’s game and Moors appreciates the support coming from the terraces.
He added: “The fans have been good and they’ve always been good, regardless of the result they’re always here and they’re really loud.
“This is the best place for me to play. I love playing here, especially on a Sunday afternoon. It’s another level.
“Our away support this year has been great as well with fans turning up in big numbers.
“I wasn’t too sure what I expected when I came over here, but the crowds to me sound so much louder than in Australia.”