Paul McShane will be leading from the front in 2022 after being named captain for Castleford – and he’s excited by the next generation of players at the club.
The former Steve Prescott Man of Steel winner has taken over the captaincy role at Castleford from the recently retired Michael Shenton ahead of the 2022 season.
He enters his eighth season with the Tigers – having made 169 career appearances for the club so far.
McShane will take on more responsibility than ever in his new role. And he is looking forward to the next group of players coming through the club.
Paul McShane excited by Cain Robb
“I think for me, the young lads are the people that keep you on your toes,” said McShane when asked about the youngsters at the club.
“They’re the ones that keep the older fellas like me feeling young.
“But for me, obviously the kid in my position is young Cain Robb. I think we had a little glimpse of him last year playing and he’s going to have another year to develop physically.
“I’m looking forward to him playing once he gets his shot.”
Paul McShane in following Shenton’s footsteps
McShane takes the captaincy role from Shenton, who retired at the end of the 2021 season.
The hooker paid tribute to the former England centre, and looks to continue his work as captain.
“For me, Shenny (Shenton) has probably been the captain that’s probably got the best out of me,” said McShane.
“So there’s massive boots to fill there. But for me, it’s just like I’ve said a couple of times, it’s about getting better and keep improving. Not just the team, but keep improving the club.
He continued: “With Shenny, I’m probably going to take a lot of things from what he did for me when I first got to the club.
“He was so calm in everything he did. You never really seen him flustered. He actually cared not just for himself but for everyone.
“That’s something that’s going to be massive in the way I approach things.”