As the Super League season draws closer, we look at how Castleford Tigers will go in 2021.
After a disappointing campaign last year, Cas will look to bounce back as they continue to push for Super League glory.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils), Suaia Matagi, Jordan Turner (both Huddersfield Giants, Matagi on loan), Lewis Bienek (Hull FC).
Mike McMeeken (Catalans Dragons), Bailey Hodgson (Newcastle Knights), Lewis Carr (Dewsbury Rams), Calum Turner (Newcastle Thunder), Matt Cook (Widnes Vikings), Junior Moors (Featherstone Rovers).
Warrington Wolves (H), Leeds Rhinos (A), Leigh Centurions (H), Wigan Warriors (A), Salford Red Devils (A).
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The biggest news coming out of Castleford recently was the announcement that Daryl Powell will be resigning his role as head coach at the end of this season.
Powell’s legacy will be remembered as the coach that turned around the club’s fortunes, from relegation battles to title contenders. Not to mention the League Leaders Shield in 2017.
The Tigers are tied with Huddersfield to win the Super League this season. It would make it the ideal fairytale ending for Powell’s eight-year tenure.
That might be the case as Castleford look like a side that will compete for the play-offs this year, now that they’ve solved their full-back problem with the signing of Niall Evalds.
Their opening fixtures look pretty tough on paper but the squad still showed resilience when they beat Hull Kingston Rovers in a pre-season friendly.
Cas were missing a few key players and came out on top 30-20 winners over a full strength Hull KR side, despite a shaky second-half they still looked like a strong side.
If the Tigers can get off to a strong start, the Mend-A-Hose Jungle will be roaring for a strong campaign.
FEARLESS PREDICTIONSEmbed from Getty Images
Top Tryscorer – Greg Eden
Top Pointscorer – Danny Richardson
Club Player of the Year – Paul McShane