Monaghan: Castleford are a club on the up

Joel Monaghan.
Joel Monaghan.

Big signing Joel Monaghan believes he has joined a club on the up and is tipping new team Castleford Tigers to be challenging the top sides in Super League this year.

The experienced Australian winger was brought in from Warrington to replace Justin Carney for 2016 and has settled in well, impressing team-mates and the coaching staff already.

He has been impressed by what he has found at Castleford and reckons they are ready to win a trophy.

He said: “There’s a big difference from when I came to England five years ago to now. Not just the team; the club and the organisation and the resources they put into it.

“They were in the Challenge Cup final two years ago and on the doorstep of the top-four last year.

“It is definitely a club on the up and hopefully I can add to that.

“There was a big turnover from a couple of years ago to last year and they were still up there, on the edge of the top-four.

“To have a settled squad now is good. You can see the combinations in training, with the blokes who have been here a while.

“It is a skilful team, with only a few new blokes who will have to try and settle in and add something to that.

“The top-four has got to be our minimum goal and if we go out and do our job it is something we can definitely achieve.”

Monaghan is relishing the challenge of his move across the Pennines.

He added: “It has been good. I had an extra week or two back home in Australia, then came back and straight into it with the boys.

“I’ve really enjoyed the training and getting to know the boys.

“I am living in Leeds at the moment with a mate from Australia so it’s a change for me, but I’m really enjoying it.

“I am the type of person who needs to meet new people.

“Coming into a squad of 25 new blokes is something I’ve quite enjoyed. It was time for a change, everyone moves on.”