Castleford’s new regime ‘refreshing change’

HEAD coach Ian Millward will be guest speaker at Castleford Tigers Supporter Club's final event this year on Wednesday evening.
HEAD coach Ian Millward will be guest speaker at Castleford Tigers Supporter Club's final event this year on Wednesday evening.
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THE new training regime instigated by Ian Millward will reap long term benefits for the Castleford players and foster great team spirit, according to one of the club‘s longest serving players.

Ryan McGoldrick has spent all his six years at Cas under head coach Terry Matterson, but believes the change in coaching staff has freshened things up.

Early signs have been positive and the players have met Millward’s new approach with enthusiasm in their eagerness to improve on ninth place Super League finishes in the last two years.

“There hasn’t been a heap of changes with players coming in, but all the coaching staff are different and it’s been a fresh change for everyone, right down to the medical staff. So far it’s been good,” said McGoldrick.

“I’ve had the same staff or head coach for the six years I’ve been here so it’s a refreshing change to have some new faces in the place.

“We’ve had a lot more staff to help out with the training. Our strength and conditioner has got a few more people to help him and things like that. It’s made a massive difference.

“The next step is the squad size and fixing that, but on the side of the staff it’s been positive.

“More numbers mean you can get more individualised programmes and I think the blokes that have been here a while are going to notice the differences.

“The days are longer, but the breaks are longer and one of the big changes is that we are getting fed breakfast and lunch.

“It’s a big thing, instead of people nipping off and getting what they can the coaching staff can sort of control what we’re eating.

“Not only that I think it also allows time for the boys to spend more time together, not just training. So although the days are longer they are still broken up. We’re not just running round a field all day, they’ve been pretty smart with the timings of all our sessions.”

Cas fans have a chance to ask the new head coach about how training is going when he is guest speaker at the final Castleford Tigers Supporters Club event of 2011.

The event takes place this Wednesday, December 14 at The Probiz Coliseum with a 7.45pm start and joining Millward on the panel will be members of his backroom staff, including James Parkes, Stuart Donlan and Ben Stirling.

The “new team” will take questions from the floor, allowing CTSC members to get an insight into how pre-season is going for the Tigers.

Admission is £1 to CTSC members and 2012 membership can be bought on the night.

The supporters club is hoping to see a packed venue for what will be their home for 2012. CTSC would like to thank The Loft, Xscape for their hospitality over the last three years.

New Australian signing Grant Millington has been granted his working visa and arrived in England on Friday.

Castleford Tigers have added an additional match to their pre-season schedule with a visit to the Gateshead International Stadium on Sunday, January 15 (kick-off 2pm).

The match will be a chance for under 20s coach Gary Thornton to test the players at his disposal in competitive action and could also be a platform for some of Ian Millward’s first team stars to get valuable game time under their belts.

The Wish Communications Hospitality Suite at Castleford’s Probiz Coliseum opened its doors after an extensive refurbishment when staging a Rangi Chase Man of Steel celebratory dinner.

The evening proved a huge success with Rangi and new head coach Ian Millward both giving insightful and entertaining speeches.

The club thanked sponsors Wish Communications for funding the five figure refurbishment cost.