Castleford Tigers 'hungry' to end wait for maiden Super League title, says Paul McShane
There is a real hunger amongst the Castleford Tigers squad to end their wait for a first Super League title, says experienced hooker Paul McShane.
The Tigers came close to being crowned Super League winners in 2017 but suffered a disappointing defeat to Leeds Rhinos in the Grand Final.
Daryl Powell’s side have reached the play-offs in the following two seasons and McShane feels that they have the ability to go all the way in 2020.
“We’re all hungry for it,” said the 30-year-old.
“We all definitely want it as players and as a club it’s something that we’re striving for.
“We’ve made play-offs now for the last four or five seasons so we’re there or thereabouts.
“It’s just fine-tuning it and hopefully we’ve done that over this pre-season and we can now put that into practice.”
McShane feels that Castleford must win more matches against the teams around them and become more adept in the tighter matches.
“It’s the bigger games where we seem to slip away,” he said.
“It’s probably having that bit of a grit as a team and the control with it and being able to adapt.
“Some teams adapt well to different conditions and for us it’s just about being smarter and having that bit more grit.
The Leeds-born player feels that a number of clubs will be challenging for the top in 2020.
He added: “A lot of teams have recruited some top, top players. You can say your Wigans, St Helens and Warringtons but I think Hull’s recruitment has been great.
“They have some real tough forwards in there but I’d like to think we’re up there, too, so I’m sticking confidently with us.”
McShane is excited to see the Tigers’ new half-back pairing of Danny Richardson and Jake Trueman in competitive action.
Richardson has joined Castleford on a three-year deal after being moved to the fringes at St Helens last season.
“Him and Truey [Jake Trueman] have got a really good relationship on and off the field and I think that shows on it,” he said.
“But Dan’s come in and is chomping at the bit. He just wants to play rugby after not playing much last year.
“He’s probably what we lacked as well and I can’t wait to play with him; he’s a voice and for a kid so young he’s confident in what he can do.”