Greg Eden determined to get back to try-scoring ways as winger provides update on future
Castleford outside-back Greg Eden is eager to get back to his try-scoring ways as the winger provides an update on his current contract.
Eden, 32, has scored more than 100 four-pointers for Castleford across two stints, including an impressive 38 Super League tries back in 2017 upon his return to the club.
He crossed for his 100th Castleford try last April against Wakefield.
Injuries to the Tigers camp last season saw Eden play just about everywhere along the back-line, including full-back and in the halves.
But now with an almost full and healthy squad heading into 2023, the one-time England Knights representative admits he will be kept on his toes in 2023 with competition across the board.
And given he can earn a starting spot, Eden insists he wants to continue his try-scoring ways, having scored 14 tries in 20 appearances last season.
Greg Eden on 2023 goals and squad competition
“It’s a good first time in a few years I’ve done a full pre-season really, so that’s been good,” Eden told Love Rugby League.
“The squad is big. I can remember when I first signed on, I think I was late on into the squad in 2011 and was given number 27 and that was last number then.
“So we’ve got another ten this year from then. It’s definitely a big squad and it can only help us if we do struggle through the year with that strength in depth.
“It keeps everyone on their toes. I’ve been working with Jason Qareqare and young Elliot Wallis. They’re both very talented young lads and have a lot to offer, so that’ll keep me on my toes. It’s also good to pass my knowledge on as well.
“I want an injury-free run again in 2023 and hopefully make that top six as a team,” Eden continued. “But personally, I want to stay injury free and get back to my try-scoring ways.
“Last year, I hardly played wing, did I? I started at full-back, which I played as a youngster and I played in the halves too which I enjoyed.
“I’m not fussed where I play as long as I’m playing.”
Eden enters the final year of his contract, but admits there’s a clause in his current deal that could see him extend his time at the club until the end of 2024.
He will turn 33 at the end of the season in November, but is keen to push for at least one more year.
“There’s an option in the club’s favour,” Eden explained.
“It would be nice to get that secured. But to do that I need to stay fit and play well. So that’s my main focus.
“The option is another 12-months. Consistency for me is key. Playing well and earning that next year or maybe more, we’ll see what happens.”
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