Millward: My job is to be a leader

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CASTLEFORD Tigers coach Ian Millward is hoping for a quick return to normality as he prepares to take charge of his first match for a month.

The 51-year-old Australian is back at work following the sudden death of his 19-year-old son Robbie and has prepared the Tigers for tomorrow's trip to Stobart Super League leaders Huddersfield.

Millward (pictured) addressed the players and backroom staff on his first day back on Monday and today held his first press conference at the Probiz Coliseum to look ahead to tomorrow's match.

"I need to get back to normality," he said.

"Also I've got a responsibility here. I need to help lead the club. I know what my son would want me to do. I need to start coaching again. I need to do my job now."

Since starting the season with a win at Salford, the Tigers have lost their last five matches, three of them under assistant coach Stuart Donlan, and Millward has been keen to make his presence felt on his return.

"My job is to be a leader," he said.

"I have to make decisions. I don't want the guys to think I'm going to spend the next three weeks trying to catch up. We need to move forward.

"I've made some changes this week. We need to freshen some things up and challenge everyone.

"I'm not so much concerned about what's happened in the last three weeks. I just want to make sure we're consistent in our actions on what we were doing previously.

"I've got 100% faith in all my staff. You've got to bear in mind we've got a young staff and it's been a big burden on them. I'm taking charge again. It's pretty important that happens."