Powell happy with Tigers
Castleford Tigers are in better shape than they were 12 months ago as they prepare for the big kick-off, Daryl Powell believes.
The Tigers finished the 2018 campaign in third place but head into 2019 without star man Luke Gale who has been ruled out for the season through injury.
There has been just one new signing and talk of unrest in the camp, but as Castleford prepare to face Catalans Dragons in the their opening game, Powell is a happy coach.
“Pete Mata’utia has slotted in and I thought he was exceptional against Leeds,” Powell said of last year’s mid-season signing. “We have got an embedded full-back, which is great.
"We didn’t have that last year and it is such a key position. Luke Gale is obviously a massive loss, but Jordan Rankin has come in and he is a high-quality player.
“Jake Trueman has advanced from last year and we’ve got competition across every position. Some of the young kids have improved significantly so we are in a good spot.”
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.