Castleford Tigers: We’ve enough strength in depth to cope with injuries – Moors

Junior Moors.
Junior Moors.
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NEW SIGNING Junior Moors reckons Castleford Tigers can get off to a flying start in Super League this year, despite a pre-season injury pile-up.

Fellow forwards Frankie Mariano (wrist surgery), Lee Jewitt (groin operation) and Matt Cook (hamstring) will miss the visit of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in eight days’ time, though Moors is back in training following a hamstring tear and could feature.

Ben Roberts (calf), Oliver Holmes (groin) and Luke Dorn (pectoral muscle) are also nursing knocks after last weekend’s win over Widnes, but Moors feels Tigers’ squad is big and good enough to cope, even if key players do miss out.

“It’s a very good squad,” said Moors, who had been due to play against York City Knights last night before the game was called off.

“We’ve got depth in numbers and in many positions. We’ve got competition in every spot, which is good and there’s plenty of young boys. That brings the enthusiasm up, which is what you need. Everyone is working really hard.

“If you don’t get that competition in a club you get people who become complacent. It is good to have that competition for every position, so everyone is fighting hard.”

Moors played for Tigers in their Christmas trial match against Feathersatone Rovers and feels the British game will suit his style of play.

He said: “It is a bit different to the NRL, but hopefully I can go out there and do what I want to do, play a bit of football.

“Daryl (Powell, Tigers’ coach) has encouraged me to do that and I am really looking forward to getting out there.

“Castleford move the ball around and that was a big attraction for me.

“That’s the kind of football I can play and it’s the way they like to play here. I really want to contribute in that fashion.”

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