New recruit Paul McShane is eager to get started with Castleford Tigers following his out of the blue swap with Scott Moore on the eve of the transfer deadline.
Hooker McShane could be in line to make his Tigers debut in tomorrow night’s first Super Eights game against Hull FC after arriving at Castleford from Wakefield Wildcats two weeks ago with Moore going in the opposite direction.
Having played against Cas several times the 25-year-old knows all about the atmosphere at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and if given the chance to make his debut against Hull is expecting a great game to start the latest chapter in his career.
He said: “I played with Hull myself in 2010 – on loan when I was a baby – and they do tend to travel well to Cas, but it will be great to be at home as Cas fans are mad for their rugby and it’ll be nice to put on a show for them after what happened against Warrington.
“If we’d have got that result it would have made the job a bit easier (to reach the play-offs), but you can’t ever write Castleford off.
“They’ve had some great results this year so if we can play to our capabilities we’ve every chance of being top four and challenging for a Grand Final.”
McShane signed initially on loan until the end of the season, but has already agreed a two-year deal with the Tigers for the next two seasons.
The move happened quickly with the player swapping the Middle Eights survival focus of Wakefield for the Super Eights and a play-off fight with Cas.
McShane explained: “We’d agreed a deal for next season on the Monday and I was due to go training (at Wakefield) on the Wednesday, but got called in.
“We decided to make the move now to bring some fresh faces in and boost the squad.
“I was totally committed to Wakefield’s cause whichever situation they ended up in. But the opportunity came to work under Daryl Powell and my manager and myself are big admirers of him.
“To see what Daryl does with the players he gets is good.
“There’s a few players I know at Cas already. I played with Luke Gale a bit in the Leeds Academy side, although he was a couple of years older than me.
“But obviously I played a lot with Ryan Bailey at Leeds and Ashley Gibson was around the Rhinos, too, when I was first coming through.
“I’m looking forward to getting going with Tigers and in front of those Cas fans as well who I know are just mad for their rugby.”
McShane started out with hometown club Leeds Rhinos, scoring 14 tries in 63 games and being a member of the World Club Challenge team in 2012.
Most of his appearances for the Rhinos came off the bench, but since switching to Wakefield two years ago he has been a starting hooker and has played for longer spells in matches.
He added: “The game-time there was a lot better.
“I don’t think I’d kicked on as much as I wanted to, but I thank the club for that time on the field.
“I hardly missed any games in two seasons which is good for a kid joining who’d just been getting 20 or 30 minute stints before.
“I think I’ve got more game-awareness now and hopefully can bring that to Castleford.”