McMeeken looking forward to ending toughest spell tonight

Mike McMeeken admits his near three-month spell on the sidelines has been one of the toughest periods of his career so far: but says he’s eager to get back out on the field in a Castleford shirt tonight.

McMeeken fractured his leg back at the start of July, meaning he has missed over two months of action – including Castleford’s excellent start to the Super 8s.

But after being named in Daryl Powell’s 19-man squad to face St Helens tonight, the former London forward is hoping he can finally get back out on the field.

He said: “It’d be awesome to get passed fit.

“I’ve been out for nearly 10 weeks and itching to get out there but it’s been good the boys have done so good. Winning or losing you just want to be out there.

McMeeken admits he’s not had a spell as long as this on the sidelines before, and insisted it has been tough to deal with just as he appeared to be finding some career best form.

“It’s the longest I’ve been out. I missed about six weeks last year but this has been longer and more frustrating.

“I was enjoying playing my rugby and the team were really helping me along, as were the coaching staff, so it was a big blow: but I’m delighted to be back now.”