Half-back Marc Sneyd has become Castleford Tigers’ fourth signing in as many days.
The 22-year-old has joined Tigers on loan for the whole of next season, as an “offshoot” of the deal which saw Rangi Chase join the Manchester outfit.
Sneyd – who made his Salford debut in 2010 and has 45 Super League matches under his belt – said he is “really looking forward” to joining Tigers next season.
“It’s a big one for the club next year and I’m aiming to make a significant contribution to our goal of reaching the top-eight and then hopefully having a good run in the play-offs,” he stated.
“There’s going to be a real big competition for places next season, especially in the halves. I’m looking forward to that challenge, though, because competition always seems to bring out the best in players.
“Hopefully I can force my way into Daryl’s [coach Daryl Powell’s] plans during pre-season by working very hard and by showing him and my team-mates that I bring something extra to the squad.”
Powell said he is “really pleased” with his latest recruit, who follows Luke Dorn, Brett Seymour and Scott Wheeldon to the Jungle.
“He is a quality player with the added benefit of an outstanding left foot kicking game,” Powell said. “He will add to the depth and quality of our options within the squad moving into next season.
“They rate him at Salford, but what they are doing in terms of signing people leaves him a bit on the edge and that’s the reason why we’ve got him on loan.”
Of Tigers’ recruitment so far, Powell said: “The squad is going to be a lot deeper next year and the quality within that is very good.
“There’s a big challenge in front of us, but the squad is in really decent shape.
“They are good blokes and they are determined to do what we need to do.”
Powell said more signings are in the pipeline, adding: “We have got some work to do.
“In terms of what we want to achieve next year I think people can see we are putting a squad together that’s going to be pretty motivated.
“There’s some people in there with a lot to prove and a desire to do well and there’ll be some more in that category.”
Powell confirmed he has shown an interest in hooker Liam Hood, who was released by Leeds Rhinos last week.
“I had a bit of a chat with his agent to see what the position was, but I’ve not heard back from him,” he said.
But the coach said there is “nothing at all” in rumours Tigers are set to sign Hull’s England winger Tom Briscoe.
Keith Mason has not been offered a new deal, Jordan Thompson has signed for Hull and Rangi Chase is now a Salford player.
Jon Walker was in line to join Hull, but the Yorkshire Evening Post understands that move has hit a snag – though Tigers are still hoping to bring in Andy Lynch from the black and whites.
Tigers’ players have been reviewing their performances during the 2013 campaign with the coaching staff this week and began their off-season break after last night’s awards presentation.
“We’re back in on October 28,” said Powell.
“A few of them will be playing in the World Cup, but the rest of the guys will have a few weeks’ break, then we’ll start on the off-season programme.”
Tigers will return a month before the World Cup final, which officially brings the long 2013 season to an end.
“It is early,” Powell admitted. “But we will be working pretty hard.
“The guys know it is a big year for the club next year and we need to be really focused on what we need to achieve.”