Castleford Tigers: I may stay on - Widders

Veteran Aussie Dean Widders is considering putting retirement plans on hold.

Widders, 31, is about to enter the third and final year of his Castleford Tigers contract, but he revealed that he has enjoyed his spell at the club so much that he is thinking of staying on beyond the

end of 2011.

Injuries have disrupted Widders' two years at Cas and a major motivation is to show engage Super League what he is capable off before he hangs up his boots.

The former Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels and South Sydney utility player joined Tigers in 2009, but has made only 21 starts, with another 15 appearances off the bench.

That has left him with some unfinished business and he said: "I haven't made up my mind what I'm going to do yet.

"This is my last year on contract at Cas and I'll see how it goes. My big plan for this year is just to play every game.

"I don't want any injuries and I want to give myself the best opportunity to play every week. If I am playing well enough I would love to stay and Castleford is the only club I want to play for.

"I am just hoping I will do well enough to stay, but I'll see how it goes."

Widders is facing family pressure to remain at Tigers, whose season begins against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in Cardiff on February 12.

He said: "My kids are the ones who are on me the most about staying

because they love it here.

"They keep saying please stay one more year. If I am not playing well enough I might have to train as a mascot here next year and take that job on!"

Widders admitted his injury problems have been the big disappointment since he came to England. He said: "The thing is, they have been costly on the club's season.

"I think last year if we'd have had more players playing instead of being injured, we'd have definitely been in the eight.

"I want to stay injury free and no matter what happens at the end of the year, I want to put the last two years of disappointment behind me. I am looking forward to it."

Widders accepts the English game hasn't yet seen the best of him.

"I think I've shown it in glimpses, but I want to get out every week and play really well for the club," he said.

"That is my big plan. I am going to do everything I can to get on the

field every week."

Mainly due to injuries elsewhere in the squad, Widders has filled a variety of roles for Tigers, including centre and stand-off.

He said: "I see myself as a back-rower and especially making an impact off the bench. That's what I did in the NRL and it's what I look forward to doing this year.

"I enjoy that role. It doesn't matter where I play, but I have spoken with Terry (coach Terry Matterson) a bit and the plan this year is to give me a real opportunity to play that role and hopefully I can go really well.

"I have dropped a few kilos in my weight – five or six kilos – and I think that will really benefit me, especially playing longer minutes and making an impact.

"Training has been great. Everyone has had the cold weather to deal with and it has kept everyone off the training pitch, but we've done everything we've needed to and we are ready to go."

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