Castleford’s impressive 42-14 Super League win over Wigan Warriors did not come as a surprise to Justin Carney.
Australian winger Carney bagged two first-half tries to take his tally to six in the first four games as the Tigers put the Warriors to the sword.
“We were all coming in with a great buzz about us over the last couple of weeks even though the results weren’t in our favour,” said Carney.
“We knew we had it in us. We just concentrated on ourselves and came away with a good result.
“Wigan are the benchmark of Super League and we should take a lot of confidence after doing that to them.
“I think we’ve got a special group here. With the team spirit and closeness of the boys, we are moving forward as one. Of course, we are going to come across little hurdles here and there but we are staying strong.
“It’s probably the tightest group of guys I have played alongside in my whole career and that’s why I have stayed here.
“The banter flying around is just awesome and we are keeping each other on our toes. There is no hierachy in the team - that’s the best thing about it. Everyone is on the same level playing field.
“The willingness of your teammates to help you is second to none and it’s just a great place to be.
“I think a lot of the players have been in the same situations. The guys from London Broncos that have come in didn’t have a great year last season and we were probably worse than them the first year I came to Castleford.”
Prop forward Matt Cook, a close-season signing from London Broncos, echoed Carney’s comments about Castleford’s excellent team spirit when they both spoke at a press conference on Tuesday in the build up to tonight’s match at Huddersfield Giants.
“Everyone gets on really well and we are quite a tight group of lads,” said Cook.
“I thought it would probably take a little longer than it has done for me to settle in and get to know everyone but I think it only took about four weeks of pre-season to really settle into the place.
“When we step on the training field Daryl sets the standards pretty high and it’s intense but fun and I like coming to work knowing that.
“Everyone is competing for their places every week but we are all good mates as well. Whatever team gets selected on the day, we are all team players and everyone congratulates each other.
“You get on and do your job and you just make sure you are at your best every week.
“It keeps you on your toes. You’ve got to be at your best or you won’t get picked.
“ I just try to do my best each day I come in and each game and hopefully at selection time I am on the sheet.”