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Castleford Tigers’ new recruit Greg Eden has revealed that he has returned to Super League to establish himself as a fullback.
Eden left England two years ago to sign for Brisbane, spending his time at the Broncos playing in a number of positions including wing and centre.
However, he has signed for his hometown club to, in his own words, lock down the fullback shirt vacated by Luke Dorn at the end of the season.
“My goal is to play fullback,” he told League Express.
“It’s part of the reason why I came home, to get the number one spot, but I know there’s competition there so I’ve got to impress in pre-season.
“But I believe in my own potential and believe in my own ability and know I have what it takes.”
Eden is still only 25 despite making his debut in 2011 for his hometown club, and having returned for a second bite of the cherry with Cas, he believes he has come back a better player.
“I’ve got loads of improvement left in me,” he said.
“I still feel very young as a player and I feel really good in terms of playing.
“Playing regularly in your preferred position is going to improve you and I’ve got another string to my bow now, playing wing and centre in Australia.
“It’s broadened my horizons because I used to feel out of place playing there in the past, but now I’m much more comfortable. However, fullback is still my goal.”
Eden admits the decision to come home was made easier when he knew Castleford were interested – and he has already set his sights on a significant goal next year.
“I’ve come back a better player without a doubt. I’ve always wanted to play for Cas again so when that option came up it made what could have been a really tough decision a little bit easier.
“They’ve improved massively since the last time I was here, haven’t they? Daryl Powell seems to have done an incredible job finishing in the top four or five of late.
“The potential and the depth we’ve got is huge. The top four is pretty much what we’re looking to get into, we’re looking to really shake things up next year and have a crack at doing something big. It should be a great year.”