Cumbria visit has provided benefits - Orr
Castleford assistant coach Danny Orr says the recent training camp in Cumbria has been a huge benefit to the squad.
Cas, who lost to 2018 Grand Final winners Wigan in the play-off semi-finals last year, continued their preparations for the 2019 Super League season by taking the squad to up north for a cold weather camp at a remote venue.
It was a slightly different approach taken the Tigers, with several teams heading off to a country with a warmer climate, but Orr is adamant the squad have benefitted from the trip.
"We just wanted to take the players a little bit out of their comfort zone, just make them go up there and not know what they would be doing," he said. "We wanted to really test them mentally and physically, which I think we did and we got a lot out of the camp.
"There were a few sore bodies, which we totally expect, but I think what we got from it should stand the boys in good stead ready to kick on."
Orr has now revealed the squad will be heading abroad for their next training camp although he stressed the work would still be hard for the players.
"We've got another camp coming up in Lanzarote, which will be in nice conditions, although it will still be tough," he added. "When we go to Lanzarote we will only be a few weeks away from the start of the season, so it will be the icing on the cake and we'll be really preparing for the games that will be coming thick and fast then."
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