CASTLEFORD Tigers will have to be wary one of their former favourite sons if they are to overcome play-off rivals Hull FC, says head coach Terry Matterson.
Joe Westerman, who left Cas for the KC Stadium before the start of the season, has been earning rave reviews for his recent performances at half-back and is expected to be a key figure when he returns to his old stomping ground for this evening’s (Saturday) showdown at the Probiz Coliseum.
The former Featherstone Lions player has already returned to the ground in Hull colours when scoring the winning try in a pre-season friendly, but this time it is for real and he has been earmarked as a danger man to his former club.
“Joe’s been doing a really good job for Hull in the halves,” said Matterson.
“I’ve looked at their last three or four games and he’s getting his hands on the ball a lot and playing with a lot of confidence.
“He’s been playing some really good footy of late and he’s certainly someone we will have to try and keep our eye on.
“It’s taken him a while to settle in there, which is only natural, but he’s a quality player and I’d expect him to do well.
“It’s an interesting challenge for him coming back here and it’s an interesting challenge for us as well, but we know there’s a lot more to their team than him. They’ve got good players right across the park.
“Joe might get a little bit of a frosty reception from the fans. That comes with his move, but I’ve certainly got no animosity towards him. I’m pleased he’s doing well.
“He had some good times at this club and for whole different reasons the move that he made personally and for our club as well was the right one.
“We’ll see what sort of reception he gets, but as I said when Michael Shenton came back I don’t wish anyone who leaves us to get a tough time.
“There’s nothing wrong with some friendly banter. That’s how it should be and I really love the way the Hull FC fans follow their team. I’m sure there’ll be a lot of them down here on Saturday night.”