Richardson plans storming start to ease Gale pressure
Danny Richardson knows the pressure of replacing Castleford Tigers half-back Luke Gale will go up if he doesn't start well this season.
The former St Helens star was handed Gale's old number seven shirt when the Tigers announced their squad line-up for the 2020 season and Richardson is aware of the levels he must live up to in order to emulate his predecessor.
"When Galey was fit and they had that year in 2017, he was carving it up and he had an outstanding year," Richardson said of Gale, who left Castelford for Leeds Rhinos last autumn.
"Replacing anyone like that will bring its own pressures. You're always going to be compared.
"If I have a good start to the season and I have a good few weeks, that will all be forgotten about."
The 23-year-old built up an exciting reputation at Saints two years ago, but struggled to make any impact for the Super League champions last term.
"It feels like so far in the past," Richardson told the BBC. "I'm a little bit nervous, for some reason, to get back out there for good.
"I'm looking to just start the season, trying to do my job as best I can, making no errors and lead the team to win and hopefully we'll just kick on from there."
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