Castleford Tigers assistant coach Danny Orr believes the club’s squad strength will be the key to another successful season as they look to build on a memorable 2014 season.
Orr, who began the Castleford revival when steadying the ship as caretaker head coach before handing over the reins to Daryl Powell, was delighted with the progress made in 2014 and wants to see the Tigers continuing to challenge for trophies.
While Cas have lost a few familiar faces since last year, they have recruited strongly with eight new signings and Orr is convinced everything is in place to kick on in a 2015 season that starts at home to local rivals Wakefield Wildcats this Sunday.
He told the Express: “You are always hopeful before a season starts and we think we’re ready to have a good go again.
“If we can do better than last year it will be a fantastic season.
“It’s going to be very tough, but hopefully as we did last year we’ll improve our standards and get better every single week.
“But just because we were good last year there’s no God given right that we are going to be good this time. It just doesn’t happen for you, you have to keep working hard on improving your game and see where it takes you.
“I think we’ve recruited well and the players we’ve brought in will do a good job for us.
“Luke Gale’s got a lot of Super League experience in his half-back position and I think he’s going to be really good for us.
“Denny Solomona as well. People might not know much about him coming from London, but Denny has already shown up. He’s so fast and has speed to burn.
“He’s got good skills as well and I think there will be plenty of tries from him, which will give us scoring power.
“There’s good competition for places, in Denny’s position for instance there’s Justin Carney and James Clare and they are all really pushing each other and getting the best out of each other to get in the team.
“That’s what we want, it’s what we did last year.
“We’ve got a good big squad and hopefully they can keep pushing each other to get better. It’s important to have that in Super League.”
On his own role within the team, Orr is pleased to be contributing to his hometown club as part of a coaching team that has helped put Castleford back on the map.
He added: “I’m enjoying working with Daryl .
“He’s a really good coach and someone I can learn from. I’d like to think we work well together.
“Obviously the last 18 months has gone really well and we’re concentrating on aiming to build on that.”