Castleford Tigers skipper Michael Shenton has promised fans some exciting rugby from the team in the 2016 Super League season.
Shenton, 29, reckons it was a no brainer to commit his future to the club and is thrilled at the prospect of leading a team he believes is going places in the next few years .
The international centre signed a new three-year contract extension at the end of last week, taking him up to 2019, and is now looking forward to seeing how a new look outside backs line-up goes.
He said: “The new guys that have been brought in are really good and the competition for places now as well has gone up a notch – we’ve signed that many outside backs this year that it should be exciting.
“The brand of rugby we can produce next year should be even more exciting to watch.
“I’m loving my time back at the club and I’m really ambitious to keep moving on and be part of this team.
“I’m really excited about extending my contract and about finishing my career at the club. I’m really excited about this next season as well.
“We’ve got a really good set of blokes here. We always have had, but this year especially.
“It’s a great style of rugby we play here that really suits my game. We’ve got the kind of forwards and half-backs that allow the centres and wingers to get to play with the ball.”
Negotiations over a new deal proved easy for the club and player with Shenton explaining: “I know I play my best rugby for Cas so it was an easy decision for me when Steve Gill and Daryl said they wanted to extend me.
“It took just one day to get everything done so it shows how easy it did happen.
“I have a bit of input into how we play and so do the rest of the leadership guys. I love my role within the club as captain. I love being part of these boys and looking at the young guys coming through. I’ve watched how they have developed over the last few years.”
Shenton said that pre-season was proving tough, but was geared up to making the improvements to push Cas into a top four place next season.
He added: “Last year was a success in terms of where we finished, but there were parts where we weren’t very good and we’ve got to improve.
“We’re really ambitious and we are talking about top four next year. For that we’ve got to change a little bit, change our approach and pre-season is a little bit different already.
“Moving forward we can get the winning mentality we need and get tougher. We’ve got to be harder to break down and face adversity a little bit better.
“We were only a few points off the top four last season so if we can do that we can put ourselves in a strong position to have a really good season next year.
“Pre-season is tough and I’m pretty tired. But it’s good, the boys are digging in and there’s a great atmosphere around the place.
“Everyone’s jumped straight in to the culture of the club, the environment and the standards have been set really high straight away so that’s a good sign for us.”