Castleford close to full compliment of fit players for new season

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell has revealed he’s hopeful of having his entire squad in full training before too long.

The Tigers have a number of players recovering from either injuries or surgeries that were undergone in the off-season, including big names like Andy Lynch and Nathan Massey.

But Powell revealed to the Pontefract and Castleford Express that all of his big names that are on the sidelines are not too far away – and said getting two back in particular will be a huge boost.

“Andy Lynch and Ryan Boyle are pretty much back in with everything now. They had hand and wrist operations, which are difficult to get right when you are in a contact sport, but they are just about back in.

“Nathan Massey’s not too far away and Frankie Mariano is coming on nicely. He’s a little bit behind because he had a little bit of a setback with his knee, but he is getting closer.

“We are not too far away from having everybody in full training and that will obviously be great for us.”

He continued: “With Frank (Mariano) and Lee (Jewitt) back it will certainly feel like we will have two new players.

“They played minimal game time last season and they will be looking forward to hopefully having a season with less drama.”