Youngster Lewis Peachey hopes to keep impressing for Castleford Tigers
Lewis Peachey felt he and fellow youngster Brad Martin fulfilled their remit in Castleford Tigers’ victory over Salford Red Devils last week.
The duo were drafted into the 17-man squad as injury-hit Castleford returned to winning ways and recorded their fourth win from five Super League games.
Peachey made four appearances for the Tigers in 2020 as the club contended with a hectic fixture schedule.
His appearance on Friday night in Salford was his first of the season for Castleford and he hopes he has given head coach Daryl Powell food for thought ahead of this weekend’s Challenge Cup quarter final against the same opponents.
“We got told to bring energy, carry hard and tackle hard,” he said.
“I thought we did well, to be fair. It was my first game of the season with Cas and I wanted to make an impact and I feel like I did that.”
He continued: “I expected about 15 minutes but ended up playing for about 20 to 25. I enjoyed it.
“I want to do my best when I am in and get picked for games coming up. I hope to keep carrying on playing for the team.”
Peachey spent the first part of the 2021 season on loan at Championship club York City Knights.
He feels the game time with the second tier outfit gave him the minutes he needed to stay sharp when his opportunity came calling at Castleford.
He said: “I really enjoyed my time there. It was a good experience and I got some minutes under my belt.
“That meant that leading into this game I was confident I was going to go alright.”
Peachey added: “There are a few good young lads coming through and there is good competition for places at the minute. I think we are really pushing for spots.”
Castleford could welcome back up to four players for Saturday’s game against Salford. However, Powell is happy to give the Tigers young players more opportunities whenever he is down on numbers.
“It gives opportunity to some young players and next week we could have four or five players back,” added the Castleford head coach as he reflected on his side’s start to the 2021 campaign.
“If we had lost four out of five games then you would be worried about it but we have won four out of five.
“We weren’t great against Wigan but were beaten by a score with three minutes to go. There is plenty to be positive about and once we get some players back it will be a competitive squad.
“If you look in the middle, we have got a lot of players to come back in and I think we are going to be dangerous this year. We are battling our way through it. It is not daunting, it just gives opportunities to other players.”