Super League, as a whole, has endured a tricky 2021 so far; but Daryl Powell’s Castleford have arguably had one of the most difficult.
Struck with injuries throughout the year, things came to a head a fortnight ago when the Tigers had to forfeit their fixture against St Helens with the squad decimated and the academy having to isolate.
However, Powell is confident his side will be strong as the Challenge Cup final awaits on Saturday.
“We’ve trained today and we look ok, there’s a couple of checks I need to make as we roll through the week and then I’ve got a couple of calls to make as you usually do in finals which are really difficult,” Powell said.
“I’ve got to make sure I get those right.”
After coming through unscathed in his first game back after two months out, Grant Millington is ready to take to the field at Wembley, but star halfback Jake Trueman is still a doubt.
“Grant Millington is pretty good, he had a trot about on the field with us today, so he looks alright.
“Truey (Jake Trueman) is our biggest doubt, he’s run today and he looks better so we will assess him through the week.
“There’s a 70% chance I’d say, but we’ve got a couple of plans if that doesn’t happen so we’ll be ok either way.”