Trueman out to back up breakthrough campaign
Castleford's Jake Trueman says he is determined to prove his success in 2018 was not a flash in the pan.
The 19-year-old hit the scene with a hat-trick away at Wigan in 2017 but last year saw him become a regular and he forged an impressive half-back combination with Luke Gale.
Competition for places is high at The Jungle, with Jamie Ellis, Cory Aston and Ben Roberts also pushing to be part of the playmaking roles.
Trueman says 2018 was a "free swing" due to being something of an unknown quantity and he is determined to ensure his breakthrough campaign was not a one-off.
"To be honest, I think it will bring out the best in me," Trueman said. "This pressure and the expectation only means that I have to deliver.
"Last year was a bit of a free swing. This season – if I do get picked – I've got to perform because I'm one of the main halves in the team. You've got to do your job."
He added: "I want to build some consistency but I've got to get ahead of Jamie Ellis, Cory Aston and Ben Roberts first and that's going to be a tough job.
"Hopefully me and Galey can strike up a partnership with having more games together. “We can get that consistency, work on it and make it better this year."
Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.