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Cain Robb: ‘I’m eager to impress and earn a new deal’

Nafferton rugby league star Cain Robb has told the Wolds Weekly that he will continue to knock on the door of Castleford Tigers’ first team as he prepares for a big year ahead.

Having just turned 19, Robb impressed during the Betfred Super League side’s two pre-season friendlies last month, playing big minutes in both.

With new head coach Lee Radford sitting him down after playing York City Knights, the young hooker took on board the advice and even crossed for his first ever try in the first team during victory at Doncaster.

From the outside, 2022 appears to be an important year for Robb as he is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

With a full pre-season under his belt, he said that he is looking forward to the new season where he hopes to earn himself a new deal at Castleford.

My aim this season is just to train hard and ensure that the coaches know I am there and ready to play

cain robb

“Pre-season has gone well and everyone has settled in well with the new coaching team,” Robb told the Wolds Weekly.

“Lee Radford has brought his own ideas with him, as all coaches do.

“He has focused quite a bit of his training with the young lads, which has been great for me.

“I was buzzing when he told me that I would be playing in both friendlies and to get around 60 minutes in each was overwhelming really.

“I thought I did alright against York and Radford sat me down and told me what I’d done well and what I could improve on.

“I took that into the Doncaster game and felt I played better in that one, which impressed the coach.

“I even managed to grab my first try for the first team, which was a great feeling.

Cain Robb scores his first senior try.

“The play the ball was quite slow and their defence over chased, so I threw a big show-and-go and dived over the line.”

The Tigers host Salford Red Devils at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Friday 11th February to kick-off their year as they look to make the play-offs for the first time in since 2019.

It remains unclear whether Robb will be given the opportunity to feature, with competition for places at number nine alongside former Man of Steel Paul McShane, Adam Milner and Jacques O’Neill.

“My aim this season is just to train hard and ensure that the coaches know I am there and ready to play,” Robb added.

“I’ve not been told how many games I’m going to play in the first team or anything like that, but I will just be aiming to take every opportunity I get.

“I’m off contract this year, so I’m eager to impress and hopefully earn a new deal to stay with Cas.

“The new signings have brought something different to the squad and we’re positive we can have a good season.”

Following the Tigers’ opener against Salford, they travel to Warrington Wolves on Thursday 17th February and then to Hull Kingston Rovers eight days later, with both games being showed live on Sky Sports.

The trip to Warrington is on the free-to-air Sky Sports Mix channel.

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