New captain Michael Shenton is delighted to be back home and aiming to lead from the front in 2013 for Castleford Tigers in Super League.
Castleford academy product Shenton was appointed as skipper following his return to the club after two years at St Helens and will be a proud man when he leads the team out for the opening game at Warrington on Sunday.
He told the Express: “It’s been really good to be back at the club. I’m really excited about captaining this young team.
“We’ve got a few older heads in there, but the majority are local lads. They’ve got great potential if they keep their heads down and are directed in the right way.
“It’s a great honour for me as a local lad as well to be the Castleford captain. I think I can do the job and the rest of the boys have bought into it as well.
“My aim is to be a leader for the team. I want to play well, be consistent and at the top of my game as much as I can.
“Hopefully I can stay injury free and back the rest of the boys by doing as much as I can for the team. Sometimes you can worry about the team too much and forget about your own job so I want to stick to my own job and do it well.”
Shenton has noticed a few changes since his return to the club and believes they can help Cas have a successful season.
He said: “The club’s being really honest with everybody. They have said look we know we’ve let you down in the past, but get behind us now and we can improve things on and off the field. On the whole the club has moved forward since I’ve been away.
“There’s been a few changes, obviously the coaching staff and a few other staff around the place have changed, but there’s not too much that can change in a place like Cas.
“I’ve stayed around here and have got friends here for life, people like Craig Huby, Richie Owen and Rangi Chase. I’ve stayed in contact with them so I sort of know what’s been happening.
“As a fan as well I’ve been interested to keep up on how things have been going while I’ve been away.
“I know we’ve not got the best facilities here, but it’s a ground where we get a good atmosphere at games. The fans make this place special and we’ve got to give them something to cheer.
“I just hope the crowd gets behind us and we show some real potential this year.”
More from Michael Shenton in this week’s Pontefract & Castleford Express.