Westerman relishing Tigers return
Hull FC forward Joe Westerman says he can’t wait to return to former club Castleford Tigers on Friday as the Black and Whites look to return to winning ways.
Westerman relishing Tigers returnby rleague.com
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Hull Football Club forward Joe Westerman says he can’t wait to return to former club Castleford Tigers on Friday as the Black and Whites look to return to winning ways.
Westerman spent four seasons at his hometown club before moving to the KC Stadium for an undisclosed fee and the 23-year-old admits he thrives on his returns to the Wish Communications Stadium.
And with Hull set to travel across the M62 on Friday night looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Catalan Dragons a fortnight ago, Westerman says only a win will do against his former teammates this weekend.
He said, “It’s always a good trip to play in front of fans from my home town. We’ll take a massive crowd with us and Cas always have a good crowd at home too.
“With the stadium being compact, it’s a really good atmosphere. You do get a buzz and there’s always that little bit of something special there, but you’ve got to be focused too.
“You always want to go back to your former club and play well and get the win. It will be really disappointing if we don’t do that.
“We’ve had a good week at training since we’ve come in on Monday and we all want to prove to people how we can play as we were really disappointed with our performance against Catalan.”
Friday’s clash will see new Castleford coach Daryl Powell in charge for his first home game since taking the helm last month with his arrival coinciding with an upturn in form for the Tigers.
Impressive winners over Wakefield at the Magic Weekend, they have also picked up a point against London and narrowly lost out to top four chasers Leeds and Catalan during the last month.
And speaking to www.hullfc.com, Westerman says his side must be on their game if they are to return from West Yorkshire with the two points.
“They’ve got quality players there that you’d think are England internationals in the next few years. Darryl Clark has been outstanding for them recently and Rangi Chase is obviously already in the England team and playing well,” he said.
“It’s always going to be a hard game, they’re turning it on and I think Powell has got them where they want to be. They seem to have that bit of something special at the minute.
“They’ve lost a few games but not by much and it will be a very tough game for us. I’m looking forward to it.”