Paul McShane is the first to admit he is a “rugby nerd” and that has led to some in-depth conversations with Castleford Tigers chief Daryl Powell.
Castleford hooker McShane coached Hunslet Club Parkside to an impressive win over Wigan St Patrick’s in the Challenge Trophy Final a fortnight ago.
Does, then, the 27-year-old ever envisage going into coaching after retiring and has he picked the brains of Powell who was voted Super League coach of the year this week?
“I really enjoy it at the minute,” he said.
“I’m a rugby nerd. I could talk rugby all day.
“But Powelly is one of the smartest blokes involved I’ve ever worked with in rugby or been around.
“We have little debates now about certain plays and Luke Gale keeps getting into me about making my own plays up,” said McShane.
“I do love rugby so if coaching is for me eventually I’d be more than happy.”
McShane – who plays in front of a sell-out 74,000 crowd when Castleford face Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford in tonight’s Super League Grand Final – admits he is not one for inspired words with his local amateur club.
He said: “I’m not much of a talker.
“I’m more about showing them. They were outstanding the other week.
“They’d experienced a final the year before and just missed out.
“It was just about learning from the year before and what cost them then was important.
“To get a 22-0 win against a side that was the league above, as we did, was superb.”