Junior wants to be a big hit for Castleford

Tony Puletua, cousin of Castleford Tigers' Junior Moors, in action in Super League, tackling Leeds Rhinos' Rob Burrow.
Tony Puletua, cousin of Castleford Tigers' Junior Moors, in action in Super League, tackling Leeds Rhinos' Rob Burrow.

If new overseas forward recruit Junior Moors is anywhere near as successful as his cousin Castleford Tigers will have a big hit on their hands in 2015.

Moors, 27, is settling into life in West Yorkshire after arriving over here a couple of weeks ago, but knows plenty about what it takes to be successful in Super League after watching closely the exploits of cousin Tony Puletua at St Helens and latterly at Salford.

The weather will be Junior’s biggest initial challenge after swapping the heat of Australia for the cold and damp of pre-season December in England, but he is up for the task and cannot wait to get stuck into Super League.

He told the Express: “I’ve got a good idea what to expect from Super League because Tony Puletua is my first cousin. He’s been here about seven years now and I’ve always followed him and watched him playing here.

“I’ve watched a few hours of footy over here so I know what I was coming into.

“It’s a totally different game to what you have in Australia. Obviously the conditions are a lot different and you need a different sort of game play. I’ve got my head around the fact it’s not going to be the same as NRL. I’ve got to prepare for the worst with the weather.

“My main aim is just to get into the style of play the team plays and be able to contribute as much as I can straight away.

“Obviously I will be focusing on getting into the team first and foremost and contributing every week.

“Daryl Powell’s got a really expansive game plan in attack and I want to play a part in that. A big emphasis for us this year is defence also and I really want to be a big factor in that as well.

“As a player I like to play with the ball a fair bit and the way Castleford play will suit me.”

Moors has moved with his family into a property in the area and is happy with the way everything is going so far.

He said: “I am settling in well, I’m in my new place with my family and we’re just getting used to the fields and the weather and stuff, but’s it’s been good.

“It’s a bit different to where we’ve come from, we came from 42 degree heat to the other extreme, but we’re slowly getting used to it.

“My new team-mates are a great bunch of blokes and it makes it a lot easier when you join a new group of boys and they are really good. They have been really welcoming and showing us the ropes.

“I knew Grant Millington and played with him in a few younger teams back in Australia so I’ve known him a fair while and I also know DJ, Denny Solomona, from back in Melbourne. It was good to meet up with them again.

“The training’s been good so far and I’m getting used to the plays and what Daryl wants us to do on the field.

“We’ve been focusing on attack and defence and things that are important in the game and just making sure we know the philosophies where we want to go and want to stand throughout the year.

“We’re going to a training camp next week and it sounds like it’s going to be tough, but most camps are. I’m looking forward to it and I think it will bring us a lot closer together and should be fun.”