Castleford Tigers: Eden hopes to celebrate new deal with recall

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LAST YEAR’S leading try scorer Greg Eden is hoping to celebrate his new Castleford Tigers deal by getting back on to the field this weekend.

Eden, who topped the Betfred Super League charts with 38 touchdowns in 2017, is set to return from a hamstring injury when Tigers visit one of his former clubs, Huddersfield Giants, on Sunday.

Greg Eden in typical try-scoring pose. PIC: Allan McKenzie/

Greg Eden in typical try-scoring pose. PIC: Allan McKenzie/

The 27-year-old winger has not played since Tigers’ home win over Hull on February 24, but confirmed he is now available for selection.

Coach Daryl Powell will name his initial 19 for the trip to John Smith’s Stadium today and Eden said: “I think I’m almost there now.

“I’ve trained fully [yesterday] and I’m in the squad so it’s just down to Daryl and who he’s going to pick for those wing spots or full-back.

“I think we’ve got a lot of players and a lot of depth now and it will be a headache for him.”

Castleford coach, Daryl Powell. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Castleford coach, Daryl Powell. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Eden began his career with Tigers, making his Super League debut in 2011, before moving to Huddersfield Giants. He also spent time with Hull KR and Salford Red Devils and then signed for NRL side Brisbane Broncos at the end of 2014.

He returned to Tigers ahead of last season and finished 2017 with 41 tries in all competitions, earning a place in the Super League Dream Team.

“It was a great year,” he said. “We scored some awesome tries and I was on the end of a lot of them. I’ve not been that lucky this year, I think I’ve only been on the field in two games and I came off injured in one, but I’m hoping I can get back fit for this week and then continue that form from last year.”

Discussing his new deal, which runs until the end of 2021, he added: “I would have been out of contract at the end of this season.

“It was pretty smart by Cas coming in early and offering me a deal before anyone else could get chance, but I am happy to stay here anyway.

“It’s a club I love and I enjoyed my rugby that much last year it was straightforward.

“I’m excited about it. Daryl’s building a good squad and I think what we did last year we can improve on this time around.

“I can see this club doing some great things in these next few years.”