He’s only been at the Tigers for a few months, but Niall Evalds is already having “sleepless nights.” Luckily, for Castleford, that’s down to the arrival of his newborn baby.
“It’s been good; there will be a lot of sleepless nights that me and my missus will have to get used to, but we’re enjoying it,” Evalds said.
“My missus is amazing, she does the bulk of the work but we share it through the nights as she does it during the day!”
Of course, the fullback will be going up against his former side Salford with whom Evalds spent his whole career before moving to the Jungle.
“I’m excited for it; they put in a good performance last weekend and got the two points whereas we didn’t do that well.
“We need to improve in a number of areas, but I’ve got some good friends in the team and it will be a bit strange going back there.
“I’ll catch up with a few of the boys after the game, but I’m sure they’ll be after me!
“I loved my time there; I signed at 15 and pretty much grew up there – I have a lot of good memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
With head coach Daryl Powell leaving at the end of 2021, thoughts have often turned to building for the future, but Evalds is keen to focus on this season.
“We’re really focused on this year – Powelly himself has already said that.
“We’ve got a job to do this year and we’re trying to get the best out of it.
“We want to achieve some goals and challenging for trophies – the focus has always been on that from the coaching and playing staff.”