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Shenton relishes a week off

Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton says his side would relish the opportunity to have a week off.

Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton Credit: Press Association

Along with Challenge Cup winners Leeds Rhinos , the Tigers have played every week of the season since mid-February and they are hoping they can book their semi-finalplace at the first attempt when they take on St Helens tonight, especially having twice failed to secure silverware over the last month.

Beaten by the Rhinos at Wembley in August, Castleford let the League Leaders' Shield slip through grasp when losing 28-6 to the Catalans last Saturday but Shenton is confident they can still salvage something tangible from a season that promised so much.

We did a bit of sulking on the way back from France but, in the grand scheme of things, we should be proud of what we've achieved this season.

"Top four is a real achievement. It gives us either a week off or a second chance but the week is off is the one we'll be looking for because we haven't had one all year, we'd like that.

"There is so much more we can achieve this season if we get ourselves out of this little hole we've got ourselves into, this little slump of form.

"I think the pressure is off us, the pressure is on Saints a little bit more than it is on us. We'll just go and play, enjoy our rugby and give ourselves a good chance.

"We've had big challenges all year and most of the time managed to put good performances together. We will start afresh and go there real confident.

"The character is great in our team. The defeats hurt and I've not seen that for a long time at Castleford."

– Michael Shenton, Castleford Tigers captain

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Cas complete squad for 2015 season

Castleford have completed their new-look squad for 2015 with the signing of London Broncos duo Scott Moore and Mike McMeeken.

Scott Moore moves to the Tigers from London Broncos Credit: Press Association

Former St Helens and England hooker Moore, 26, and Hampshire-born second rower McMeeken, 20, will join their Broncos team-mates Denny Solomona and Matt Cook at the Tigers in 2015 after signing two-year deals.

Moore, who had a loan spell at Castleford in 2008 and has also played for Widnes, Huddersfield and North Queensland Cowboys, will be a straight replacement for Daryl Clark, who is joining Warrington at the end of the season.

Scott Moore will be a crucial addition to our squad for next year. I am confident he will along with Adam Milner give us creative options at hooker and his experience will be invaluable. He was an international squad player not too long ago. He is creative and tough with good leadership qualities and he will be a big part of our pack for next season.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach
Mike McMeeken moves to the Tigers from London Broncos Credit: Press Association

Mike McMeeken is a big robust back rower who I am confident has a big future in the game. He is also very young with a great desire to be successful which are both key qualities. He was very good against us in both games this season with his strong ball running and offload game.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach

Castleford have also signed Bradford scrum-half Luke Gale and Melbourne Storm pair Junior Moors and Ben Roberts, with Craig Huby and Jamie Ellis leaving the club, along with Clark, Weller Hauraki, Lee Gilmour and Dan Fleming, whose moves were announced earlier in the year.

Huddersfield announced the signing of Tigers' long-serving prop forward Huby on Thursday morning and are also expected to recruit hooker or half-back Ellis.

Craig has been a huge servant to the Tigers for over a decade and while I am disappointed he has decided to leave I understand his reasons for looking for a new challenge. As a club we did all we could to persuade Craig to stay including a long-term contract offer. I know Craig will continue to perform superbly for the remainder of the season as he has done throughout his time at the club.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach

Meanwhile, Castleford have also given contract extensions to home-grown winger James Clare and Australian forward Grant Millington.

Clare's new deal will keep him at the club to the end of 2016 with an option for a further two years while Millington is now contracted to the end of 2018.

Giants sign Huby from Castleford

Huddersfield Giants have signed 28-year-old prop forward Craig Huby on a four year deal.

Craig Huby Credit: Press Association

The ball playing forward becomes the first new addition to be announced to Paul Anderson’s 2015 squad.

The Giants Head Coach said:

“Craig is having a stellar season and is a player I have long admired. His qualities are there for all to see and he has been a tower of strength for the Castleford club which he has served with such distinction over many years."

I have had a wonderful time at Castleford with this year being an obvious highlight and it is with some sadness that I move on. However I decided that a fresh start and a new challenge would reinvigorate me and the club have known for some time that I would be moving on.

The supporters have always been superb with me and I thank them and the players and coaches I have worked with. This year with Darryl will forever be in my memory and I think we still have a great opportunity here in the coming weeks.

That’s my sole focus but I wanted the news to come out so that I can concentrate on the rest of the season with Cas then look forward to next year at the Giants.

– Craig Huby

Wildcats coach plays down play-off chances

Wakefield Wildcats coach James Webster has played down his team's chances of making the Super League play-offs.

They play Castleford Tigers this weekend in a West Yorkshire derby and need to win that and their final game against Hull KR to stand a chance of making the final eight.

Webster told Chris Dawkes his team are looking forward to playing the Tigers who, he says, have had a good season:

Tigers set for Wakefield derby

Castleford Tigers head in to a West Yorkshire derby this weekend against Wakefield Wildcats still in with a chance of finishing top of the Super League for the first time.

Warrington's victory over St Helens last night set up a nail biting finish to the league campaign.

With Tigers pushing for top spot and Wakefield still in with a chance of making the play-offs Daryl Powell told Chris Dawkes the game is one of the biggest derbies in recent years:

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Gilmour experience key to appointment

Wakefield Wildcats coach James Webster says his new assistant's experience in the game means he will be a good appointment for the club.

Lee Gilmour has played with a host of clubs since starting his career in 1997 and will primarily be the Wildcats' assistant coach next season, as well as taking on some playing duties.

Chris Dawkes spoke to James Webster about his new right-hand man:

Powell: Winning our games is all we can do

Castleford Tigers coach Chris Powell says his team are focusing on their own fixtures rather than those of other teams.

Powell did admit though he would have one eye on St Helen's tie with Wigan. A Saints loss means the Tigers still have a chance of finishing top of the Super League for the first time in their history.

Powell told Chris Dawkes that his team could only win the games they play to secure a top two finish:

Luke Gale swaps Bradford for Castleford

Castleford Tigers have announced the signing of Bradford Bulls half-back on a two-year deal for the 2015 season.

Gale leaves Bulls for Castleford Credit: Castleford Tigers

Gale, 26, is the second half-back to pen a deal for next year, alongside Samoan international Ben Roberts who has signed from Melbourne Storm. He is Daryl Powell's sixth confirmed signing, after Roberts, Junior Moors, Denny Solomona, Matt Cook and Steve Crossley.

I am really excited to be here. Castleford have had a great season, and Daryl and his team around him have fulfilled the potential, and they have turned Cas into a proper team. I am jumping at the opportunity and I cannot wait. Daryl showed a bit of interest, and I have worked with him at the England Knights and at Leeds before. I like how he goes about things, and even though there was other interest, once I spoke to Daryl that was it - I wanted to join Castleford.

– Luke Gale

I am delighted we have been able to secure the services of a quality half back who not long ago was just on the edge of international recognition. Luke's organisational ability alongside his willingness to both play at the defensive line and indeed through it will fit neatly into how we want to play next season. His passing and kicking game are top quality. Luke alongside Ben Roberts and Liam Finn give us variety and quality at half back with Ben Reynolds proving he can also step up when needed, giving us additional depth in such a pivotal position.

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach
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