Michael Shenton will once again captain Castleford Tigers in 2015, it was announced at the club’s player sponsor shirt presentation evening last night.
Shenton, who led the team out at Wembley in the Challenge Cup final last year, impressed head coach Daryl Powell with his leadership qualities in 2014 and will carry on in the skipper’s role.
Powell said: “He did a fantastic job last year, not just as a player, but as captain as well.
“He certainly grew into the role and was superb and had a real strong voice within the team and within what we were doing.
“That carried over into his play as well, which was also outstanding on a consistent basis.”
The Tigers squad numbers were also revealed at the presentation evening with every player being sponsored this year.
Powell said: “It’s been a real challenge selecting the squad numbers this year every one of our players have worked exceptionally hard in striving to improve our standards moving into the new season.
“Luke Gale has been a real stand-out performer in training and as such gets the number seven shirt, however it’s performances on the field that really matter and he will be pushed hard by Liam Finn and Ben Roberts.
“On the field Matt Cook played exceptionally well against Featherstone and gets one of the back row numbers.
“Although the squad numbers have been selected I can’t stress enough how important it is for us to start the season well and whoever plays the best rugby league in the pre-season friendly games will be getting the shirts against Wakefield for our first Super League game.”
Powell added: “The numbering is not something I see a massive amount in. As a coach obviously I’ve got to pick the squad numbers and there’s relevance in some of them, but ultimately it’s down to how the players perform.
“For example Jordan Tansey had number one last year and didn’t have his best season – he’ll be looking to play well this year – and Luke Dorn had six and played one all year so there’s nothing in it to be honest.
“It’s more about what players are going to do on the field. Whether you’re 31 or one it’s irrelevant really in terms of playing on a week to week basis.”