Powell promises more signings to come for Castleford

Daryl Powell.
Daryl Powell.

After being delighted to announce his second new addition for next year Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has told the Express that more signings are on the way.

Half-back Ben Roberts has joined forward Junior Moors in coming to Cas next year from the NRL as the club has moved to fill gaps left by the departure of Marc Sneyd to Hull and Weller Hauraki to Salford.

Tigers boss Powell believes both will prove big hits and he and the club are working on more additions for 2015.

He said: “We’ve now signed a couple of players from the NRL and I think Ben and Junior are both well suited to the game over here. I think they’ll both go outstandingly well.

“The two of them will know each other pretty well and will slot into what we are doing seamlessly I think.

“We haven’t finished with our recruiting yet and are still working through at it at the moment, but there will be some more signings to come in the next couple of weeks.”

The signing of Roberts is something Powell has been working on for some time.

He added: “I tried to sign Ben last year as I think he’s the type of player who is ideally suited to playing in this country, particularly his running game.

“He’s been in some good environments and has been in Melbourne this year and previously in Canterbury and Parramatta so he’s got a fair bit of experience in the NRL.

“I think he’s got to the stage now where this is a really good opportunity for him.

“His game is really well suited to us. He’s an explosive player and has got a lot of ability. He’s a left footed kicker and that fits seamlessly into our squad for next year so I’m absolutely delighted that we have signed Ben.”

Samoa international Roberts, 29, who has signed a two-year deal with Cas with a further one-year option, said he felt it was the perfect time for him to move to England.

“I think doing it on my own would have been pretty tough. The fact that I am now married with a little one will mean it is a good experience for all three of us. The wife has never been to England before and she is pretty excited as well so I suppose if she is happy it makes my job a lot easier as well!”

Roberts has been impressed with the team spirit at Cas and with the fans from what he has seen of them on television in Australia and from talking to former players.

He added: “My good friend Brent Sherwin played there a couple of years ago and I spoke with him in regards to what his thoughts were and what his experience was like at the club and to be honest he had nothing but good things to say.

“That was very similar to what other people said, specifically about the club having a great culture and having good people working behind the scenes to get things going.

“Another big thing is the team itself. The players they have at the club have a very close bond and one thing I noticed from the outside is the way they play, they look like they play for each other. That is always a good thing for a player.

“Also, the fans were a factor as well. Castleford have great fans and they are probably the best fans in the whole competition when you look at how well they travel. They are real passionate, so I am looking forward to the atmosphere and hearing those people cheer for me and the team.”