Greg Eden has been doing it tough in 2022 with injury.
After suffering a number of devastating hamstring problems, Eden is now back in the starting line-up for Castleford Tigers ahead of tonight’s clash with Huddersfield Giants at the Jungle.
Eden will be playing a fullback – a position he hasn’t played in for over a year now with the absence of Ryan Hampshire, whilst Niall Evalds is still not fit enough to play.
Meanwhile, Paul McShane is set to start on the bench with Adam Milner starting hooker.
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But, for head coach Lee Radford, it’s all about keeping Eden fit – and that means a completely different training regime to the rest of his peers.
“He’s coming back from a hamstring operation which is his second one,” Radford said.
“He’s had some real issues with his calves which was a head scratcher for us in pre-season, but Matty Crowther (physio) has managed to nip that in his backside.
“He’s a racehorse, he doesn’t participate in how the rest of them prep for a training session.
“He’s had a different pre-season to everyone else but he’s had to have that physically and he has a different week to everyone else in terms of his content with what he’s doing.
“Touch wood he is on the field every week which he hasn’t been able to do in the past few years and the more he is on the field the better for us.”
Radford revealed just how devastating Eden actually is.
“He needs half a chance and usually he puts it away, but he’s also a danger running laterally.
“For a big bloke who is fatigued when someone skips across like that it can be really tough.”