‘Top four at a bare minimum’ – Paul McShane reveals ambitious target under new Castleford Tigers head coach Lee Radford

Paul McShane has been named Castleford Tigers captain in what is a thoroughly justified role after giving so much of his career to the club.

The wily hooker joined Castleford midway through 2015 and has since gone on to make 169 appearances in a Tigers shirt.

But, with the captaincy secured, McShane was keen to stress just how much it would mean to lead the Tigers out at Old Trafford or Wembley.

“It would be awesome, I’m proud enough leading the team every week but then to be able to do something like that I don’t think I could put into words how much that would mean to me,” McShane said.

“I think we will definitely be up there, a top four at a bare minimum and I think this group of players can win silverware.

“You build relationships and trust and you can see things clicking.”

Though head coach Lee Radford has reiterated his desire to not change too much, McShane has revealed that there have been ‘tweaks’.

“Radders still wants us to play rugby and be a good attacking side, the changes have been defensive elements and little tweaks here and there.

“People knows us an attacking team but if we can nail the defensive things then we will be even better.”

With a whole host of changes including in both the coaching and playing staff, the experienced number nine expressed that he was actually anxious on coming back to pre-season.

“I felt nervous coming back in on day one but you’ve got to earn people’s respect and trust, but it perks you up and keeps you on your toes.

“We lost so many great players but I think we’ve brought in better, the younger lads have got more experience and they are chomping at your feet.

“The way we ended last season was a massive disappointment because all we wanted to do as a group was to send people out on the highest possible note and we didn’t even give ourselves a chance in the play-offs.”

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