Super League: Castleford coach Daryl Powell targets top eight
Daryl Powell believes Castleford club have recruited well and are capable of finishing in the top eight this season.
Last Updated: 12/02/14 5:42pm
The Tigers lost star man Rangi Chase to Salford in the off-season but have brought in a raft of experienced players who can operate at half-back.
Marc Sneyd made the opposite journey to Chase, while ex-Hull player Brett Seymour and Ireland captain Liam Finn also came in, along with Luke Dorn, who is embarking on his second spell at the club.
And Powell feels he has enough creativity in his side to cause opposition teams problems.
"Rangi has gone now and we have new half-backs in place and they have looked exceptionally well in practice and pre-season," Powell told Sky Sports News. "I think we will be a well-balanced side who can attack from anywhere.
"We will be difficult to read hopefully. We will have good structure, which all good rugby league sides have but an element of doubt from where we are going to attack next.
"There has been some criticism of replacing quality with quantity but we've got a lot of experience in each position and that should, I hope, press players to improve.
"If we can get that we will be a real challenge this year. I believe we are capable of top eight but it is about consistency on a week-to-week basis.
"If we get that right I feel we have enough quality to cause problems for teams with the ball in his hands."
Castleford secured a morale-boosting 66-10 victory over Bradford Bulls in a pre-season friendly 10 days ago and Powell is hoping his team can pick up where they left off when they face the same opponents in their first game of the season on Sunday.
"We're ready to go," added Powell. "Pre-season is a long time for players. I feel as a coach I am ready to go and the players are as well.
"We have performed extremely well in practice and the game against Bradford, which was pretty much our strongest team.
"We've got a lot of competition for places and we are excited by what is in front of us."