Shenton, 23, fresh from his exploits in the Four Nations with England, will be a targeted man in Super League this year, and he is ready for a battle with Leeds, which could see him line-up opposite Senior or Rhinos new signing Brett Delaney.
“Of course Leeds are a very good team with talented players but we can’t afford to dwell upon that,” said Michael.
“We have got to focus upon our own game and build upon the steps we took in 2009. For myself it was a great year, reaching the play offs with Cas and then gaining selection for the England squad. Playing in those big games was tremendous and it’s something that I want to repeat. That will only come from playing well for the Tigers so I’m very motivated as we approach the new campaign.
“But I don’t want all the focus to be upon me, we have a number of local young players who are all in with a real chance of representing England at the end of the season and I’m sure they will all be out to make their mark this season, and where better to start than against the reigning champions.
“Friday night at Headingley will be a great atmosphere, especially if we have a strong following of Cas fans and having tasted that kind of atmosphere in the Autumn I’m looking forward to another special occasion and another challenge.”