CASTLEFORD coach Ian Millward (pictured) is resigned to being without four front-row forwards for the start of the season.
New Aussie signing Grant Millington, Craig Huby, Paul Jackson and Jonathan Walker are all still recovering from injury, leaving Nathan Massey, Jake Emmitt and newcomer Steve Nash as the club’s only specialist props for the opening game at Salford City Reds on February 4.
“I’m very confident over the next month they will all return in dribs and drabs,” said Millward, who is loathe to make predictions for 2012.
He added: “I don’t know the players well enough yet to say what we can do but I like their attitude and keenness for a change.
“I respect what Terry Matterson did last year but everyone has different views - that’s what makes coaches different.
“We’ve just talked about certain key performance indicators we are looking to be consistent in.
“Last year we conceded 29.7 points a game so we need to get better defensively and we need to be less reliant on certain individuals. We need to work more as a team.”