Catch up with Mikey
Posted: Wednesday 13th September 2017 - 1:06 PM
Mike McMeeken has been a revelation since joining the club back in 2015. The 23-year old has excelled this year and looks set to be part of England’s World Cup squad come the end of the season.
Black and Amber caught up with Mike just before the recent win over Leeds Rhinos where he made his 100th Super League appearance.
How pleased have the team been with the Start to the Super 8s?
We’ve been pretty happy. Clinching the League Leaders’ Shield was a massive achievement for us and the club as a whole. It was good to get it done early on so we can now focus on getting into some good form as we head towards the Semi-Final that we have coming up.
The Giants game saw yourself and a couple other players rested, how well did the boys that played dig in to earn that win?
Like Powelly mentioned in his post match comments, we showed a lot of professionalism to get a win against a hard team like Huddersfield. They are a tough team and they’ve showed that throughout the season. They’ve come back a bit especially towards the back end of the year and they are in some good form so to get the win especially over at their place was really good.
Last time we were at home we clinched the League Leaders’ Shield, what was that night like for you?
It was outstanding. Nobody has witnessed it in 91 years down here at the club. It was a special achievement for the club as a whole. It was very special to be able to lift the trophy in front of the packed-out crowd.
Personally then, how do you feel you have played this year?
I think I’ve been playing all right. I’ve been able to play in a team that has really stepped up. Players like Paul McShane, Luke Gale and Zak Hardaker to name a couple have been great. Ben Roberts and Jake Webster have really helped my performances on the right side. They’ve really helped me along and given me some confidence.
You agreed a new deal to keep yourself at the Tigers until the end of the 2020 season, how easy was that decision to stay at Castleford?
I said it when I signed, it was a very easy decision to make it!
You played in the mid-season International against Samoa, is your next target making it into that England squad at the end of the year?
That is the aim for myself for the end of the year but I am focused on playing for Castleford and hopefully playing my best week in week out. We’re looking to make it to the Grand Final and lifting that trophy. What happens after that then we’ll just have to wait and see.
Did you think that you would have achieved what you have so far in your career when you moved to the Tigers from London just a few years ago?
I wouldn’t say so quickly. I signed three years ago here at the Tigers so it’s been a bit of a ride. I signed here to improve as a player but for the development to happen this quickly was a surprise.
*Full interview feature can be found in the Castleford Tigers v Leeds Rhinos Black and Amber matchday programme, issue 15. Limited copies can be purchased down at the Tigers Den club shop.