After missing out on playing against Catalans Dragons because of injury earlier in the season Castleford Tigers’ Gadwin Springer is looking forward to tackling his former team-mates at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle this Sunday.
The strong running 23-year-old forward has made himself a favourite with sections of the Cas crowd this year and is keen to prove a big hit if selected to face the Dragons, although he does not see it as anything more than just another important game for his team.
He said: “I was very disappointed not to play in Catalans because I was injured, but this game does not have any extra significance for me.
“For each game I need to keep training well and focus on that game and it will be no different that it’s the Dragons.
“Nothing changes because it is Catalans we are playing.
“I don’t think I have a point to prove, I just have keep playing as well as I can.
“I still have some friends at Catalans. Ben Garcia was my roommate and we are good friends. I am very happy to see him back in Super League.”
Springer, whose English has improved since he arrived last year, is pleased with the way things have gone for him and has no regrets over the move.
He said: “I’m really enjoying it at Castleford.
“It was a little bit tough when I first came over because it’s different to France, but I’ve settled in.
“The weather is a bit different, but I’m used to it now.
“My English is a little bit better and I am trying to learn. Last year it was a little bit difficult to understand what my team-mates were saying to me because it was fast, but I am understanding now.”
Springer has been used primarily as an impact sub by head coach Daryl Powell and is happy with the role.
He added: “For the moment I’m happy to be used as a substitute, I just have to keep working at my game and keep getting better then maybe I can get a start.
“I would love to start, but for the moment I’m happy to be used in whatever way the coach thinks.
“It’s good that I can come on and give a lift to the team.”