COACH DARYL Powell has paid tribute to Castleford Tigers centre Michael Shenton and scrum-half Luke Gale after they were named in the First Utility Super League Dream Team.
“I am pleased for both of them and we could probably have had a couple more in,” Powell said. “Grant Millington and Andy Lynch will have been pretty close, but I do understand there’s good players all over the competition.
“Luke Gale has been pretty good for most of the year, he started a bit slowly, but he has been a growing influence and he has had a big year. He is still improving and I think there’s more to come from him.
“Shenny has been superb as a leader and a captain. He is an outstanding defender and he has so much influence on the way we play. He has also had a big year.”
Tigers’ players are having reviews this week with the coaching staff and will then be off until November 9, when pre-season training begins. Powell said: “We have got a bit of work to do, just to change us and our mentality. I feel like we really need to step up next season. We need a good start and pre-season is going to be key.”
Meanwhile, Tigers say winger Justin Carney, who missed Cas’ final four games in the Super-8s, has returned to a club after his internal suspension – imposed over a non-rugby related matter – was lifted.