Coach thanks ‘wonderful’ supporters

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OUTGOING head coach Terry Matterson (pictured) has thanked supporters for the great reception he received at his final Castleford Tigers home game last Saturday.

Despite the 50-18 defeat against Hull FC, fans stayed behind after the game, chanted his name on the terraces and many made a point of shaking his hand on the pitch, grateful for the work he has done in reviving the Tigers’ fortunes in his six years in charge.

“It was a great reception from the fans at the end. They were all positive and they were fantastic,” said Matterson.

“I really enjoyed it. It would have been great doing it after a good win, but that was probably the test of the fans and they were wonderful.

“I appreciated them coming out and appreciating me being here as well. I will miss this place.

“Thanks to all the fans that came out and chatted with me and got all the photos. I’ll never forget that, it was special.

“All those people - and there was quite a lot of them - were respectful of the job that’s been done here in the last six years and I’m grateful for that.”

Matterson may be in charge for the last time at Hull KR this Saturday if Cas lose, but he is hoping to be postponing his return to Australia for a few weeks yet.

He added: “I’m looking forward to going back to Australia, but I’m looking forward to this game this weekend first.

“We want to make the semi-finals for the club and for the boys, I think they deserve it.

“Then we can hopefully look at the semi-finals.

“It would be great to go back to Australia on the back of our best-ever season and we’ve still got a chance of doing that.”