Castleford Tigers 2018 Preview

The Tigers will come into the latest Super League season a battle hardened club, after the disappointing end to the 2017 season.

Castleford will obviously not have Man Of Steel nominee, Zak Hardaker, calling the shots from the back, he is still pending investigation for substance abuse and is unlikely to take the field in the next year, or maybe even 2.

New Boys: Garry Lo, Joe Wardle, Mitch Clark, Cory Aston, Jamie Ellis, James Clare and James Green.

Losses: Ben Crooks, Kevin Larroyer, Larne Patrick, Andy Lynch and Luis Johnson.

The Tigers have replaced their departing players very well, recruiting some big forwards to bolster their squad in the inevitability of injury. The men the Tigers have retained will also be key, Paul McShane and promising youngster Jake Trueman both signing long term commitments to the club.

It was unfortunate to see the wheels come off at the Tigers in the way that it did, they were odds on favourites to grab a minimum of 2 out of 3 pieces of silverware in 2017, it wasn't to be though, Castleford would win the League Leaders Shield, fall apart in the challenge cup and failed to turn up in the Grand Final.

The Tigers will learn from last year and they will certainly grow, many players in the Grand Final had never featured at Old Trafford before, this lack of composure was what I believe lead to their downfall. Now it's a year later and if they do make the final, many of the playing group have been part of a Grand Final, this enables them to steady the ship.

2018 needs to be the season that Castleford finally fulfil their potential, and I for one believe that it could be, they have recruited strongly, retained key players and definitely have developed from the previous year.

I'm predicting Castleford finish at lowest 2nd, and will definitely make the 2018 Grand Final, as to whether they win it, that really depends on how much they have grown as a group.



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