Super League: Michael Shenton hoping to help Castleford Tigers win a trophy
By James Pearson @SportsPeo
Last Updated: 24/06/14 1:10pm
Michael Shenton sees no reason why Castleford Tigers cannot build on their good season in 2014 and finish the campaign with silverware.
Although the Tigers have suffered back-to-back defeats in Super League they remain fourth in the table and have a Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Widnes in August.
Shenton knows the importance of staying grounded and says there is plenty of hard work on the horizon if they are to turn their strong season into an addition to their trophy cabinet.
It’s moving forward now and keeping our feet on the floor. We need to expand on what we’ve done going into the back end of the year, maybe get some silverware.
The Tigers’ last major trophy was their 33-2 Regal Trophy Final triumph over Wigan while the last of their four Challenge Cup titles came in the 1985-86 campaign.
Shenton was joined in England’s train-on squad by Daryl Clark and Craig Huby and the 27-year-old believes the trio signify the wealth of talent at the Tigers.
“It’s impressive for Castleford to have three players in the train-on squad. It’s shows where we’re at right now,” Shenton told Sky Sports.
“It’s a good place to play at the minute. It’s a good place to train. It’s nice for everyone’s families and stuff like that. It’s a club that’s moving forward, we’ve got some good plans in the pipeline.
“We’ll be looking to obviously build on this success. There’s nothing real at the minute. It’s just a good start to the season for us.
Watch via NOW TV
Watch the biggest matches and events live with a Sky Sports Day Pass from NOW TV. Get 24 hour access to every Sky Sports channels for just £9.99. For more information click here
“It’s moving forward now and keeping our feet on the floor. We need to expand on what we’ve done going into the back end of the year, maybe get some silverware.”
Earlier this month head coach Daryl Powell signed a new five-year contract at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle and Shenton is delighted their tactician has committed his long-term future.
“It’s great. It’s obviously no co-incidence that we’ve turned our fortunes around when he came in,” he continued. “He’s done a tremendous job.
“He’s still as hungry as ever, signing that five-year contract shows that he believes in the club. He believes in the young players that we have coming through.
“That’s one of his goals and one his statements. He’s got a big input throughout the club, the scholarships and getting young players to want to come and play for Castleford. I know we’ve got a good pipeline of players coming through.
“It seems that way we lose out on players to a lot of other clubs as well that we try and get. With Powell in charge hopefully some of those things will change. Hopefully the club will get stronger and stronger.”