Tomorrow night’s game at Wigan and last week’s win at Leeds are part of Castleford Tigers’ building process for next year, according to hooker Paul McShane.
The Tigers’ most recent recruit enjoyed his best win so far in a Cas shirt against his former club when Leeds Rhinos were beaten 29-22 at Headingley last week and McShane reckons they can now follow it up with a good display at the DW Stadium to help their long term development.
He said: “We have talked about a good end to the year and it’s important we go to Wigan and give it a good go.
“We beat Leeds last week and if we can beat Wigan it will make a great statement to the top four clubs that we are up there.
“We are trying to build for 2016 and the Wigan game is part of that.”
McShane is enjoying being part of the Castleford set-up following his mid-season switch from Wakefield Wildcats.
He added: “It’s been an odd season for me really.
“I was playing in a team struggling for form and I was struggling for form as well, but then I got the move to Cas and I feel it has rejuvenated me.
“It’s been different ends of the scale, going from the pressure of being in the qualifying eight to being at Cas where everyone’s looking to push on.
“I’ve got a lot friends at Wakefield and it’s not nice that they are having to think about their livelihoods. But hopefully they will get through the million pound game.”
Tigers skipper Michael Shenton looks set to miss the Wigan game with a knee injury, but also sees it as a good opportunity to show how good Cas can be.
He said: “It is a massive challenge for us, but the attitude we showed last week was awesome. It was outstanding right across the board.
“All our players were right on the money. We have a few key injuries, people who’ve had surgery and little bits of drama at our place, but we showed what kind of culture we’ve got at Cas now.
“To go to Headingley, when people were saying we had nothing to play for and to go about the game the way we did was outstanding.
“They were at home maybe for the last time and had so much to play for, but I thought we went about it tremendously.”
Shenton reckons the Wigan game can help the Tigers build some momentum to take into next season.
He added: “We are looking forward to next year now, but not just that.
“We’ve spoken about not letting this season just go, let’s build something for pre-season and get some momentum for next year.
“Also, we’ve got a few guys leaving us this year and they are a big part of the culture we’ve got here at Cas now. Things have changed, professionalism and the way people are wearing the shirt.
“That showed on Friday, not just in the result, but the performance we put in over 80 minutes. The guys who are moving on have been great for us and it’s a shame.
“Nobody wants to leave Cas any more, people want to come here, which is great and it’s good for us building for 2016.”