CASTLEFORD TIGERS could be on the verge of something “special”, long-serving prop Craig Huby says.
Huby, pictured right, believes Tigers have arguably the best spirit and deepest squad since he broke through into the first team 11 years ago.
Cas begin their First Utility Super League campaign away to Bradford Bulls in two days’ time and Huby said: “We’ve had a long, tough pre-season and worked on different sort of stuff.
“We had a hard camp down with the army boys and all the boys pulled together and hopefully it will show this week on the field as it has in training.
“The mood around the place is really good, this is probably one of the best team environments while I’ve been here and I think we’re looking to do some special stuff this year.
“I know a lot of people are writing us off, but that’s just spurring us on that bit more. We know what ability we’ve got in this squad and we’re pretty confident.”
Though many pundits are tipping Tigers to be in a relegation battle, others see them as an outside bet for the top-eight.
“We’ve not really thought about that much, but we know ourselves if we get the right stuff happening on the field and stick to the gameplan Powelly [coach Daryl Powell] has given us then hopefully that will happen this year,” Huby said.
“Over the last couple of years we have been up and down and sort of doing it now and again, but this year we need consistency.
“The fans really get behind us and it’s about time we really gave something back to them and a winning team to cheer about. Hopefully this year is the time.”
Cas are adjusting to life without their star player Rangi Chase, pictured right, but Huby observed: “Powelly has brought some wise people in – he has brought Dorny (Luke Dorn) back and Liam Finn (pictured far right), who’s been outstanding since he came in.
“Life does go on, so I think we could potentially do bigger and better things.”
Sunday’s opener will see Tigers return to Provident Stadium, Odsal, just two weeks after thrashing Bradford 66-10 there is a pre-season trial.
Huby insisted: “We won’t be reading too much into that result.
“Obviously, they’ve got other stuff happening. They were missing quite a few players at the time and we know Sunday is a totally different ball game.
“We have to be on our best game. It’s the first round of Super League and we’re in for a tough day, but if we can keep doing what we’ve been doing previous weeks we should be fine.”