Castleford Tigers star Luke Gale is predicting a bright future for the club on the back of a tough year in which he thinks they have done well to challenge for a top four spot.
The scrum-half, who is being tipped to win an international call-up after an impressive first year with the Tigers, reckons 2015 has been an important learning experience for the Tigers.
He said: “We’ve done it tough this year.
“The start of the year wasn’t too great and we need to start next season a bit better, but I think we have shown some great character.
“To be fifth, I think it is a massive effort.
“I think we have got a great squad and whatever happens we will be better for it.
“We are looking forward to next year already.
“I think we have got a great thing going on down here, it is happy times and a great future.”
Gale thought Castleford did well at times in their defeat at Huddersfield Giants, but also needed to learn lessons in how to deal with adversity in games after they conceded 20 points when down to 12 men.
He said: “We have got to keep our heads up.
“I thought we showed some character last week, but we had a bad 20-minute period in the first half.
“We had a bit of adversity with the yellow card and we didn’t react too well to it. They put a few points on us.
“We were missing a few players, but we showed some character.
“A few decisions went against us here and there and we need to be a bit smarter.
“We got back to within four points, but we weren’t quite smart enough.
“Huddersfield are a good side and they don’t give you much.
“They put some quick points on us and we just couldn’t come back from it, but it was a decent performance and we will brush ourselves down and get ready for Thursday.”