Michael Shenton has admitted he faces big competition to get his place back in the Castleford Tigers team.
The Tigers skipper suffered a serious knee injury in the opening game of the 2016 Super League season and missed the rest of the campaign. In his absence several players stepped forward to play well at centre with Jake Webster and youngster Greg Minikin in particular impressing.
Shenton is now fit again and ready to fight for his first team spot.
He said: “A key goal of mine is to get my starting spot back, but competition for places is a big part of why we’ve done so well in recent years and Greg Minikin and Jake Webster did a great job in the centres last year.
“The knee’s been good. It’s been tested full on in pre-season and I’m really happy with it. I feel like I’ve not lost any speed or things like that with the GPS stuff so I’m pretty pleased.
“It will be nice to get out there and I’m itching for a game. I can’t wait to get back out and play, but obviously as Super League is at the moment it’s a super long season so you’ve got to be smart and I’ve got to play the right amount of games so that I’m ready to go for round one.”
Shenton is looking forward to playing a part in what he thinks can be a big season for the Tigers.
He added: “It’s nice to see it as a Cas fan growing up how far we have come under Daryl.
“What’s special about the Daryl and the coaches here is that we are not comfy in just what we’ve done. we’re not comfy in just being a top eight team or a top five team as we’ve been in the last three years.
“We’re striving for more, we want more, we want trophies and the way the boys have come back in and the new guys have seen what it’s like I think there’s something real special on the horizon.”