New Castleford signing Matt Cook is delighted to be back in West Yorkshire, and believes that he has come to the right club to be successful.
He is particularly looking forward to working with Tigers coach Daryl Powell, a man who sets challengingly high standards for his players.
“Daryl told me how he is wanting to play this season and how I would fit into that. It is exciting to think what I can bring to the team,” he told the Tigers’ official website.
“It is about me delivering it now, and in training he has given me pointers already.
“You already know some of those deep down already, you just maybe get lazy on them over the years and get too comfortable, and you need a kick to make sure you are constantly perfect.
“That is what Daryl is after – constant perfection and high intensity. I feel like I am sharpening back up and working towards that now. It is exciting.”
Cook did spend a brief spell with Cas six years ago on loan. He is pleased to be back in a rugby league hotbed, and feels that there is a genuine chance of the Tigers claiming some silverware soon.
“I am really enjoying it and I have settled in well, and it is nice to see a few familiar faces from my last short stint here,” he added.
“It is pretty tough and has been a shock to the system, and I don’t know if I have enjoyed my holiday too much!
“I enjoyed my time living in London but it is all about the rugby for me, and trying to be successful as possible in my career.
“That is why I made the decision to come to Castleford, and this is where I think I have the best possibility to win silverware and develop my own game. My career comes first at the moment, and lifestyle second.”