Castleford Tigers forward Adam Milner says he is enjoying life under new head coach Lee Radford, and believes now is the time for the team to deliver.
The Tigers have endured a poor start to the Super League season, having won just one from their first six fixtures.
However, Radford’s side looked to have turned a corner last week as they came up with a thrilling 40-16 victory to knock rivals Leeds out of the Challenge Cup.
On Radford, Milner told Love Rugby League: “He has been brilliant. He has been great.
“I think for myself I was ready for a change in coach.
“I had the decision of where I was going to play last year but I think bringing a new coach in has certainly helped the environment and the team go in a bit of a different direction.
“It has been a welcome change but the team hasn’t been delivering on the pitch for multiple reasons. A change in coach and lots of new faces takes a little bit of time but I think that time has gone now. We know what is expected of the group and what sort of style we like to play.
“It all bodes well for the reason of the season hopefully.”
Consistency is key for Castleford Tigers
Castleford’s only win so far in the league this season came against Radford’s former club Hull FC.
And the Tigers will look to return to winning ways in Super League on Friday night when they welcome newcomers Toulouse to the Jungle.
Milner, who made his first appearance of the season last week after recovering from a back injury, says consistency in their performances will enable them to have a successful season.
He added: “We are not counting on last week. We know there is still a lot of hard work to be done. Consistency is key.
“We can’t have one flash in the pan and a good game in the Challenge Cup and then fall back into being poor in the league like we have been.
“Consistency is a big one for me, I reckon that’s where the team needs to go. I think it has been coming, I think in the second half performance against Wigan we showed some signs there so it is just about building.
“There are combinations that are growing. Jake Trueman is getting his hands on the ball a lot more and our half-backs are getting into the game a lot more.
“We have had a big change in personnel and new coaching staff so it is probably going to take time and it has taken a little bit longer than I thought for us to start clicking. We are in round seven so I think it is time we really show what this team is all about.”