Crossley ready for Super League return with Castleford

Steve Crossley in action for Featherstone Rovers before his move to Castleford. Picture: Bob Nunn.
Steve Crossley in action for Featherstone Rovers before his move to Castleford. Picture: Bob Nunn.

Prop forward Steve Crossley is delighted to have teamed up again with head coach Daryl Powell after joining Castleford Tigers for the 2015 season.

Powell first signed 24-year-old Crossley from Dewsbury while still at Featherstone and after keeping tabs on his progress made him one of his eight signings for next year at Castleford.

Crossley is now eager to prove him right to bring him back into Super League where he started with Bradford Bulls before three impressive seasons in the Championship.

He said: “I had a couple of offers going with other Super League clubs, but as soon as Powelly was interested in me, it was pretty nailed on then.

“He signed me at Featherstone and knows what I can do, and I know what kind of coach he is and what he expects.

“We had good chemistry and it confirmed it for me to come to Cas.

“I am coming for a first team spot really. It is up to me in training to get myself right to get into the game day 17, but my main aim is to get into the first team straight away.

“I don’t want to make up the numbers, but it is up to me to make that spot myself.

“With the year the club had last year, there is a lot of competition for places, so I have just got to keep pushing myself to make sure I am up there.”

Crossley is also rejoining his former team-mate at Featherstone, Liam Finn, who made a successful transformation from Championship to Super League last year.

He said: “I had played with Finny and I knew how good he was and knew he was more than capable of stepping up.

“It was just a question of his age at the time, but Daryl Powell brought him here and he has shown exactly what he can do in Super League. That is obviously what I am trying to do.”

Crossley believes he has benefited from his time in the Championship after choosing to leave Bradford when just 21.

He added: “I wasn’t getting loaned out at Bradford when I needed a challenge. I needed to play against men and get my body bashed about a bit.

“So I did actually ask for the release to step down and get the game time I needed, with the intention of coming back up. Now I am back and it feels good.

“When I left Bradford, I had a year left on my contract and I was playing in the reserves, which I had been doing for a while. I was 21 and it wasn’t benefiting my career like it was when I was 16.

“Obviously I have always wanted to step back up since then, so to get the chance to do it at Castleford has been really good.”

Castleford Tigers 2015 season tickets will be ready for collection from Monday, December 15.

The Mend-A-Hose Jungle club shop is the collection point and will be open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, with a late night opening on Thursday, December 18 until 7pm. Ensure you take your pink receipt with you as you will need this to collect tickets.

The 3,000 season ticket marker was passed by the early bird deadline on Monday.