Castleford boss hopeful of having fully fit squad for start

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A number of players are recovering from off season operations and long term injuries, but Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell is confident of having a fully fit squad to start next season.

Back row forward Frankie Mariano is the biggest injury worry at this stage after undergoing an operation on his wrist, but Powell expects everyone else to be in full training in the next few weeks.

He told the Express: “There’s a few who are feeling their way back in.

“Frankie Mariano’s had an operation that will keep him out for a little while. Ryan Boyle is back in full training pretty soon and Adam Milner’s had an operation on his ankle and he shouldn’t be too far away now.

“Nathan Massey’s also had an operation, but he’s not too far away, he’s just had a little bit of something on his knee.

“We’ve got a little bit there, but nothing too bad. Frankie’s the main one, he’s had a wrist operation that will keep him out for a while.

“We’ve got most of the squad back and we’ve got a good mix with the retention of a lot of the squad from last year and then the fresh players coming in who will hopefully drive us to better performances throughout the season.

“Then hopefully if we do get to big games we can learn from the experiences we’ve had in the past year.”

Powell plans to break up the pre-season routine by taking the players on a training camp, but promises it will not be a ”jolly”.

He said: “We’ve got some plans to go away in December. We won’t be going on a long camp this time. It’s something we’ll put together shortly and it will be toughish again and something a little different.

“We certainly won’t be having any sunshine in our training camp this year.”