Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has paid tribute to his captain for his fantastic efforts to get back playing only two weeks after dislocating his shoulder.
Michael Shenton missed only one match after suffering the shoulder injury in the win over Wigan Warriors and made a successful return in the victory over Salford Red Devils at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle last Friday.
The England centre has become a key player for the Tigers and his return gave the rest of the team a huge boost as they looked to bounce back from a demoralising defeat at Huddersfield when Shenton was unable to play.
Head coach Powell praised his skipper and said: “Michael did a good job getting on the field to play at all.
“It’s ridiculous really that he was able to do that and play so well. It was just a huge effort from him.
“The medical people were saying it’s a bit risky and he was saying ‘I’m fine and ready to go’.
“Two weeks after a dislocated shoulder it’s really incredible and it really shows his commitment to the club.
“He was proved right and came through okay.
“We’re looking after him this week and he’s not done too much contact with us, but he feels fine and he’s looking ahead to the next challenge I think.
“He’s a really important player for us, especially with his leadership.”