Castleford boss looking forward to Rovers test

Steve Crossley
Steve Crossley

Castleford Tigers’ fans will have their first chance to see most of their club’s new signings in Sunday’s festive challenge against Featherstone Rovers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has named a squad that will include six of the close season signings, including Samoan international Junior Moors and prop forward Steve Crossley, who will be up against the club for which he has starred for the past two seasons.

Several of Castleford’s promising youngsters are also set to get a run out to show what they can do, but it will be a strong line-up for the first of club’s five pre-season warm-ups.

Powell told the Express: “Everyone won’t play in the first game, there will be a squad and it will be a mix of senior boys, some of our established players, with some of the young players.

“Quite a few of the new guys will be playing. Junior Moors will play along with Mike McMeeken, Matt Cook, Scott Moore, Denny Solomona and Steve Crossley.

“I think one of the important things with Christmas games is for the fans to get to see some of the new players.

“It gives them a real good look and gives new players a chance to show the fans what they’re all about.”

Powell is expecting his former club, Featherstone, to provide his players with a good test and make it a worthwhile game for everyone.

He said: “Being against Featherstone it adds a little bit extra spice both for myself personally and for the fans. There’s old rivalries in there so it’s a good game all round.

“We’re expecting a good test. Last year they were unbeatable in pre-season, they beat quite a few Super League teams and did it quite comfortably as well. They were superb against teams like Hull and Wakefield so you would expect them to present a challenge.

“I think they’re working pretty hard in pre-season so you’d think they’d want to come after us and it will be an interesting game.

“I didn’t mind if it was here or at Featherstone, I like it there, it’s a really great traditional ground so I was not too bothered which ground it was being played at.

“But obviously being at home it gives our players an instant taste of the great atmosphere that we know our ground has. It’s a great place to pla y.”