Adam Milner admits he has every incentive to play well for the rest of the season as he looks to be part of a history making Castleford Tigers side and wants to force his way into the England World Cup squad.
The 25-year-old hooker turned loose forward has been one of the Tigers’ most consistent performers this year. He is really enjoying his rugby and it is showing out on the pitch with a number of his team-mates tipping him for international honours – something Milner is keen to experience.
He said: “With six games left in the Super 8s I’m hoping to give a good performance in every one of them and hopefully get in the England set-up if selection’s still available.
“It was an ambition of mine from the start of the season and I’ve just got to keep striving towards that.
“Playing for Cas can help you. You’ve only got to look at my mate, Paul McShane, and with the fantastic season he’s having he thoroughly deserves getting the England call-up.
“Hopefully he can get in the team for the World Cup. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity I suppose to go over to Australia and play for your country. It’s an ambition for any player.
“I think I’m playing the best I’ve done in my career. I’ve followed my form on from last year and I’ve really enjoyed playing in the number 13 position that I’ve sort of made my own this year.
“I’ve thrived in the position I’ve been given in the squad. I understand my position and I think everyone around me knows what I’m about.
“But it’s all right me saying I should be this or I should be that, it’s down to my performances and I’ve got to make my actions hopefully get me in the England set-up.”
Milner is every bit as keen to play his part in possible unprecedented success for Castleford.
He said: “We can be the first Cas team to win the league. From when I debuted here in 2010 with tough times at the club to where it’s at now with us at the top of the table and potentially going on to win some silverware it’s absolutely massive.
“All the fans deserve it for sticking with us and we hope we can reward them.
“We can go down in history and for me as a local lad to be part of that would be special and something I could treasure for the rest of my career.
“People knock the League Leaders’ shield, but it’s a massive achievement. And if we do win it, it gives us a home semi down here. I know we slipped up last week, but we’ve been outstanding at the Jungle.”
Milner was pleased to have made a try scoring return to the Tigers side against St Helens after missing a couple of games at the end of the regular season.
He added: “There’s still a little bit of a niggle in there, but I managed to pull up from the game last Thursday all right and I’ll be ready to go this weekend.
“It was good to be back with a try. Last year I must have tried 100 times to get dummy-half barges and I think only the first or second I’ve done all year I’ve managed to get over.”