Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton believes the club possess more depth in their ranks for the 2015 season than they did this time 12 months ago.
Whilst the Tigers have lost the likes of Daryl Clark and Craig Huby, coach Daryl Powell has brought in a number of names to fill the void, with halfbacks such as Ben Roberts and Luke Gale notable arrivals.
And with so many new faces, Shenton is adamant that the squad has the resources to cope with the demands of a longer season in 2015, owing to the new league restructure.
“The squad is deeper. There’s a number of people for each position and competition for places is huge, which is a big part of why we did well last year. It kept everyone on their toes,” he said.
“You could say we will miss some of the players who have gone, like Daryl Clark and Craig Huby, but there’s no point worrying about it. We’ve had to move on fast and we’ve got some new players in now to replace those guys.
“I think it’s exciting who we’ve brought in, there’s a bit of experience and some really solid players. Junior Moors and Ben Roberts have added a real bit of flair to us as well – they’re experienced guys, but they can really play and they know their game so I’m looking forward to seeing those guys and how they are going to play for us.”