LONG-TERM CASTLEFORD Tigers casualty Mike McMeeken is hoping to end the season with his boots on.
McMeeken is close to returning from the fractured leg he suffered in Tigers’ defeat at Salford Red Devils on July 1.
Castleford have two games left in the First Utility Super-8s, beginning at Catalans Dragons on Saturday and McMeeken is keen to be back in action before the campaign ends.
“I’ve been out for nearly 10 weeks now and I’m itching to get back out on the field,” said the former London Broncos forward.
“The boys have been doing really well out there and obviously it’s good for them and us as a team, but when you’re sat in the stands you just want to be out there too, whether winning or losing.”
This is the longest lay-off of McMeeken’s career and he admitted: “It has been pretty frustrating. The team’s been going really well so you want to be out there enjoying the good times.
“They were in bit of a bad spell when I got injured so it wasn’t a good time to get injured really. Hopefully I can catch a couple of games at the end of the season to finish on a high and kick on for next year.”
McMeeken was one of Tigers’ form players before being hurt. He added: “It has been bit disappointing to get injured when I did, but these things happen and I’ve been loving it ever since I signed here.”