We’re capable of something special this year, says Ben Crooks

Castleford Tigers centre Ben Crooks insists that last weekend’s victory against Hull FC should make everyone realise that the Tigers are not in Super League to make up the numbers in 2016.

Daryl Powell’s men extended their unbeaten run to three games at the start of the new season following the 31-24 victory against Crooks’ former club at the KC Stadium.

And Crooks says it proves that they’re not competing to simply be in the mix – they want to be challenging for titles this year.

“I think it opens everyone’s eyes to what we’re here to do this year,” he said.

“We’re here to do a job, we’re not here to be there or thereabouts but we want to win something. This win proves to people we’re capable of something special and it proves to us as a group that we’re onto something.”

The Tigers now travel to St Helens on Friday night looking to make it four unbeaten at the start of the season – and despite their inconsistent start to the year, Crooks believes they cannot afford to go there with an element of complacency in their game.

“We go to Saints now which will be another tough challenge, but we can’t be complacent, we’ve got to go there with the same attitude we’ve shown at Hull.”