Tigers trio on road to recovery
Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has supplied an injury update ahead of the new season, as three of his senior stars near a return to full fitness.
Wingers Greg Eden and Greg Minikin, and forward Gadwin Springer, are all on course for recovery, having played key roles for the Tigers in 2017.
"Greg Eden is just getting back into training and Greg Minikin is still a bit off. Gadwin Springer has not been in full training so there's a few boys in and around the edges of it. They are not in full training, but they are still working hard," said Powell, who was left disappointed by his side's approach in their recent friendly defeat to Featherstone Rovers.
"We had 14 or 15 players missing, so it wasn't hugely significant, but I don't think we were great by any stretch in that game. Games around Christmas are always contentious and awkward, but there's nothing to stop you having a good attitude."
The Tigers will face Leeds Rhinos in their second pre-season fixture on Sunday 21st January, and Powell admits he's eager to see a better performance from his players as they continue preparations for the new Super League campaign.
"We are probably a game down on what we've done in the past, but we also finished last season a bit later because of the Grand Final," he added.
"It makes the Leeds game pretty important. It will be our main game leading into the season."
The Tigers travel to face St Helens in their first game of the Super League season on Friday 2nd February.
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