Monaghan to Make Return for Tigers

Joel Monaghan is expected to make his return for Castleford in the Friendly against Wakefield Trinity this weekend.

Monaghan injured his shoulder mid-way through the season and missed the second half of the season as his dislocated shoulder required surgery.

“It’s good, I’m starting full contact again now,” Monaghan said

“Fitness-wise I’m feeling good. I’ve worked hard getting back to that so it’s just getting that shoulder contact back now.

“It’s just a case of making sure that lethal ankle tap I’ve got is still there. Hopefully I can ramp up the contact now and be right for the next game.”

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Castleford boss Daryl Powell has recruited some tough competition for Monaghan this season and spots  in Castleford’s 17 will be tough to maintain.

The recruitments of Greg Eden and Zak Hardaker excites Monaghan and believes competition for spots is only a good thing for the club, not a negative.

“To pick up someone like Greg Eden – I watched him a fair bit back home, I thought he did well at Brisbane”, Monaghan said.

“To get someone like that, he’s been unreal in training. And to get Zak last minute, that’s a fair pick up. He’s been training the house down.”

Monaghan believes 2017 could be one of the Tigers best.

“Hopefully the injuries are down now, the curse year is done,” he said.

“100% we can make the top four. The way we finished the year, to lose to Warrrington in the Middle 8s in the last second, what was it seven out of eight.

“The young blokes that have played have improved, you can already see at training they’re way better.

“They’ve got more confidence so I think it’s only going to be good for the team.”

Monaghan made 18 appearances for the Tigers in his debut season with the club, scoring 5 tries, after making the switch from Warrington Wolves at the end of the 2015 campaign.

Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–04 Canberra Raiders 66 39 5 0 160
2005–07 Sydney Roosters 44 23 0 0 92
2008–10 Canberra Raiders 55 28 1 0 114
2011–15 Warrington Wolves 145 145 2 0 584
2016– Castleford Tigers 18 5 0 0 20
  Total 328 240 8 0 970