Newly signed up Jesse Sene-Lefao is confident that Castleford Tigers will go from strength to strength in the next three years he will be staying with the club.
The 28-year-old fans’ favourite put pen to paper on a new three-year contract extension this week and expects to be challenging for all the top honours in the coming years as well as in 2018.
When asked what the club could achieve over the next three years, he said: “All three trophies!
“I always believe, we have a few goals and standards we like to meet each and every week and if we get those standards I feel it will give us an opportunity to get to the big games.”
On the way the season has gone so far, JSL reckoned: “I think we’ve done pretty well.
“We’ve lost three games now, those games have been pretty tough and from those games we’ve learned a lot and we responded straight away.
“Last weekend the Wigan game was pretty tough to take. We know individually we didn’t play well and that’s a good sign, that we know where the problems are. I’d be more worried if we didn’t know where they are.
“I am always confident, you don’t play this game if you’re not confident.”
Sene-Lefao admitted there was interest from other clubs, but Cas fans and the people who have helped him and his family settle in West Yorkshire played a part in him staying with the Tigers.
He said: “The fans have been asking questions for the last two months, ‘why hasn’t Jesse re-signed’? and ‘what’s going on with Jesse’? I’ve got so many messages on Instagram and Facebook.
“I’d just like to thank the fans for their support and love and now it’s done I think there’s a few happy fans. I just have to do my job and play some consistent footy and get back on the field.
“This decision was pretty tough, but I am thankful for my wife being beside me and helping me get through those decisions. She has to – she’s here for three years as well!
“At the same time I’d like to thank our church back home and also our churches in the UK, Christ Church in Leeds and Life Church in Leeds. They’ve been a major support behind me and my family here.
“The kids are at local schools and they are doing really well. We have just moved to a bigger house, so it has been good.”
Sene-Lefao has been sidelined for the past six weeks with a knee injury, but hopes to be back for tomorrow night’s derby against Wakefield.
He added: “It is coming along well. “Matty (Crowther, Tigers’ physio) is saying I am flying. I have got a few more boxes to tick and a few more sessions to get through, then we can make the final announcement if I am going to play or not. But definitely next week if not this one.”