Long serving Castleford Tigers winger Kirk Dixon has experienced plenty of lows on his trips to play Leeds Rhinos down the years, but is relishing the prospect of playing at Headingley tonight.
Dixon, enjoying a fine season with the Tigers, believes that this time Cas go to the home of the Rhinos with a real chance of victory – not that he is expecting anything but a big challenge, especially up against Leeds’ renowned speedy back division
He said: “Headingley is a fantastic arena to play in, especially when it’s Cas against Leeds and there’s extra spice.
“The atmosphere’s fantastic. It was great down here, but it will be the same again at Headingley and hopefully the result can be flipped on its head and we can come away with the points this week.
“It’s always a big game against Leeds and if we can go to Headingley and do a job it will be great. I’ve experienced some highs and lows going to the ground, but I think we’re in a different position this year.
“Our mentality and our belief is different so we’ll be going there looking to win the game and we’ll be disappointed if we don’t.
“We’re under no illusions it’s going to be a tough ask, but we’ve done it before and there’s nothing to say we can’t do it again.
“Their back division is very good, but across the board they’re fantastic and they’ve proven that with the amount of finals they’ve been in and trophies they’ve won.
“They’re a champion side, but we’ve got all the confidence in our team as well. We’ve got some exciting players so hopefully we can go there and cause them some trouble.”
Dixon, meanwhile, reckons the signing of Denny Solomona from London Broncos is another step in the right direction for the club.
Utility back Solomona, 20, has agreed a two-year deal from the start of 2015 to become the third signing for next year.
He will compete with Dixon for a first team spot, but the Hull-born player welcomes it as it has been the competition for places that has helped the side progress in 2014.
Dixon added: “From what I’ve seen of him on TV Denny is a great addition to the squad.
“We’re probably going to lose a few players this year, but if we can keep the nucleus of the team together and drip feed quality players like Denny then we can go on to bigger and better things.
“This year everyone’s target was just to make the 17 because the squad Daryl assembled was fantastic.
“In years gone past if we lost a player we were relying on a young kid to fill the spot. But this year we’ve got people with Super League games experience so you knew that if you weren’t on your game you weren’t going to be playing.”