Shenton: Final experience makes me want more

Michael Shenton

Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton admits he is hungry for more after their Challenge Cup final appearance last Saturday, saying that the experience of losing in a major final could help spur them on to even greater success in 2014.

The Tigers are still handily placed in Super League for an assault on Old Trafford later this year, despite suffering the heartache of losing out to Leeds 23-10 in their first cup final appearance since 1992. And although Shenton admits were just too good for them on the day, the camp are keen to experience more big games and more major finals in the coming months.

“The boys have handled themselves great and the preparation has been good and Leeds were just a little bit too good for us,” Shenton said.

“I think we showed in glimpses that we can match them (Leeds) and we can better them so moving forward the belief is definitely there. Once we sit down and break this game down, where can we change things, where can we get better, it’s only going to help us as a team.

“They are a great set of blokes and something like this experience could galvanise us and bring us closer together. I want more of it now. The hunger to get more of this and do ourselves better justice is right there.”