CLOSE-season signing Nick Youngquest (pictured) is tipping Castleford Tigers to finish in the top eight this year.
Youngquest’s former club Crusaders pipped Castleford for the final play-off place last year but the Australian believes the Tigers can improve on last season’s ninth place finish.
“It is a big year for Castleford and hopefully we will make the play-offs - I don’t see any reason why we can’t,” he said.
“We have a great squad and good support so it is an exciting time for the club and exciting to be here.
“There are quite a few new players in the squad and we are all fitting in well and working hard together. The season is only around the corner and we are hoping to put in some solid performances. It is a big year with the Super League licence review and I am looking forward to a good year at Castleford.”
Youngquest is expecting a less than friendly reception from his housemate if Castleford beat Wakefield Wildcats in the season-opener at Millennium Stadium on February 12.
Youngquest shares a house with his former Crusaders team-mate Tommy Lee, who will line up for Wakefield this season. Their battle will be a personal highlight for both players at Millennium Magic.
Said Youngquest: “Bragging rights are at stake for me and Tommy and we’re both determined to start the season with our new clubs with a win.
“I’ve enjoyed pre-season at Castleford and whilst the trial games have been good, we’re all ready and raring to go in round one. Starting well is important to every team and we want to put ourselves in the best possible position and hit the ground running.”
Day tickets for Millennium Magic cost from £25 (concessions £12.50) with weekend passes starting from £35 (concessions £17.50). There are promotional offers available for club season ticket holders.
Ticket and accommodation details for Millennium Magic are available at www.millenniummagic.co.uk or by contacting the RFL ticket office on 0844 856 1113.