Castleford Tigers head coach pleased with team's attitude in pre-season
Last Updated: 08/01/13 5:06pm
Ian Millward: happy with team's attitude in pre-season training
Castleford Tigers head coach Ian Millward has been impressed with his team's preparation and application in pre-season ahead of the 2013 Super League campaign.
Last season was a year to forget for the Tigers as they finished level on points with bottom of the table Widnes Vikings with six victories from their 27 league outings.
Castleford were eliminated from the Challenge Cup by Featherstone Rovers and Millward, who won the 2001 Super League Coach of the Year, is expecting much better this time around.
"The new signings have fitted in really well but the existing players have all stepped it up in training too."
The Tigers have the chance to display the level of their progress in Sunday's friendly against Hull FC and with the Black and Whites aiming to impress in 2013, Castleford will be given a stern test.
"My main focus for pre-season has been on hard work and I have been really impressed with the attitude from everyone in the squad. The new signings have fitted in really well but the existing players have all stepped it up in training too," Millward told the club's official website.
"The coaching staff have been challenging the boys and they have been excited to accept those challenges both physically and mentally. We just want to start playing now and have an opportunity to put our new structures in to practice.
"Hull is the perfect side to face in our first friendly. They have already said they are aiming for silverware in 2013 and with one of the best back rowers in the game in Gareth Ellis, they will offer a real test for us to evaluate where we are at.
"For me this first game is about us being consistent and competitive for the full 80 minutes. Individual players each have their own goals but it is ultimately about giving a good team performance."