Castleford forward Alex Foster believes the Tigers are finally starting to hit their stride following a difficult start to the season.
Last year's league leaders and Grand Finalists were heavily defeated by St Helens in the opening fixture of the 2018 season, but they have won their following two games.
The Tigers have also seen a game postponed due to the bad weather and were given a week off for the recent Australian tour, which featured Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and Hull FC.
Castleford return to Super League action on Sunday, when they face Salford Red Devils.
"Since the Saints game in round one, I feel like we have been improving week by week. We were a bit shaky against Widnes, but we felt like things were coming together a lot better against Hull," said Foster, reflecting on their two recent victories.
"If we get another win we'll certainly feel like we are back on track and closer to the team of last year. But every team has improved, and we shouldn't be surprised by how difficult it has been so far."
Foster has been pleased with his own start to the season and believes that the competition for places can help bring the best out in him.
"I am doing a lot of graft and hard work and it has been good, I have been enjoying it," he added.
"I feel like I have improved and that's more because of the competition in the back-row, with bringing in Joe Wardle, and other existing players being in really good form as well."
Castleford can be backed at 10/3 to win this year's Grand Final, while St Helens are available at 1212/1, Leeds Rhinos at 150/1 and Wigan Warriors at 4/9.
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