2016 Regular Season:
Played: 23 Won: 10 Draw: 1 Lost: 12 For: 617 Agst: 640 Diff: -23 Pts: 21 DD: 0 Pos: 6th
2016 Super 8s:
Played: 30 Won: 15 Draw: 1 Lost: 14 For: 830 Agst: 808 Diff: 22 Pts: 31 DD: 0 Pos: 5th
If there has ever been a good time to be a Castleford Tigers supporter, this is it. A number of quality signings over the winter break combined with a promising pre-season campaign has many experts believing that this could be a very successful season for the West Yorkshire side.
But perhaps the most important factor behind all this optimism is Daryl Powell. The Tigers head coach has brought in a lot of stability since he took over at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and during his tenure, Castleford have consistently finished in the top 5. With Powell agreeing a new four-year-deal back in October, this could turn out to be the most important signing the club has made yet.
The departures of Luke Dorn (Retired) and Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks) seemed very costly at first however, recent additions of Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos), Jesse Sene-Lefao (Cronulla Sharks), Larne Patrick (Huddersfield Giants), Greg Eden (Brisbane Broncos) and a number of others, looks to have filled the gaps and strengthened the team.
With many bookies putting the Tigers in the mix for silverware, it will be interesting to see if Daryl Powell’s side can live up to the expectations and produce results.
The England international has been an integral part of the squad since joining the club in 2015. Last season, Gale was not only the top goal scorer (118) but also made the most assists (46) in the Super League. If Castleford are to have a successful season, Luke Gale is sure to play a big part.
After a troublesome 2016, Zak Hardaker will be looking to re-kindle his playing career when he takes centre stage at Wheldon Road. The 2015 Man of Steel joined Castleford on a loan deal from his parent club Leeds Rhinos at the end of last season and the 25-year-old will now be looking to rediscover his form and push the Tigers to new heights.
The Tigers captain didn’t have the best of season’s last year when a serious knee injury cut his season short. Shenton made his return during the Boxing Day friendly with Hull FC; which Castleford won 42-10. The 30-year-old brings with him a tonne of experience and will be a key member of the team should he remain injury-free.