One-club ambition for Massey

Castleford forward Nathan Massey admits he harbours an ambition to remain a one-club man and finish his career with the Tigers.

The 30-year-old has been with Castleford since he made his debut in 2007, and has made well over 200 appearances for the club.

And while Massey admits he had suspected he could have left the Tigers on numerous occasions in the past, he now sees no reason to play anywhere else as a professional.

When asked if he would like to retire at Castleford, he said: “I hope so. I am 30 now and have got a two-year deal so I’ll see how I feel after that.

“It’s something I am really proud of; I love playing at this club and have done for a number of years.

“It would be a great achievement for myself to, hopefully, finish here as well. There’s been a couple of times when maybe I thought I would leave. But this club is pretty special to me.”

Massey also admitted he has desperate to help Castleford take the next step as a club. He has played in both their major final defeats in recent years; the 2014 Challenge Cup final and 2017 Grand Final, both to Leeds Rhinos.

“I have been in finals now; the Challenge Cup in 2014, I was lucky enough to win the League (Leaders’ Shield) in 2017 and lost that year’s final.

“Winning a big final is our aim. We have started the season in great fashion and I think with players coming back and with the competition in the squad we have got a great chance this year.”

Massey continued: “We’ve got boys coming in who’ve had limited pre-seasons and they’ve put their hand up to play and done a great job.

“We’ve got something to build on there. Hopefully, we’ll get a few numbers back in the next couple of weeks and we can build on the start to the season we’ve had.”