CASTLEFORD’S rising star Adam Milner says he’s relishing the opportunity to feature in the club’s Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth round tie at Wakefield Wildcats on Saturday (2.30) after making his first appearance in the competition at the fourth round stage.
For Wakefield-born Milner, whose family still live in the Wildcats stronghold of Stanley, the chance to play a part in the latter stages of the Cup is a dream come true.
“It’s awesome to be involved at this stage,” said Milner, who spent last weekend at Loughborough University experiencing the England Knights programme. “Two weeks ago was my first experience of playing in the Challenge Cup and it was a very different feeling to that of a normal league game.
“It’s not a feeling I’ve ever experienced before. There’s obviously a lot more pressure on your shoulders because you know if you lose, then you’re out of the Cup and it’s even more special now because we’ve got a big derby game as well.
“My family are all from Wakefield and I’m sure there will be plenty of people in the village where I’m from who will be supporting the Wildcats, but I’m pretty confident that my family will be supporting myself and the rest of the Cas lads on the day so it’s good to know I’ve got that backing.”
The two sides met in the league only a few weeks ago in a game that the Wildcats narrowly won 28-24 and Milner, who captained the England Academy to a series win over Australia last year, says the pressure is really on the Tigers to put in a big performance on the day.
“We’ll try to go into the game as we would any other,” he said. “But there’s obviously going to be a little more tension between the teams given the importance of the game.
“Wakefield beat us a few weeks ago in a really close game in the league so we’ll be looking to rectify that result and get one over them and keep progressing in the cup now because that’s a big aim for us all.
“Getting through to the latter stages of the cup would be massive for the club and for me personally. The Cup is a fantastic competition and we’ve got a lot of players who’ve had plenty of experience in the competition. When people like Richie Mathers talk about playing and winning in the final, it’s an experience they speak very highly of and it’s one I’d like to experience myself.
“It doesn’t get much better than these type of games.”
Tickets for the Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth round contest between Wakefield Wildcats and Castleford Tigers are priced from £15 Adult, £10 concession and £5 juniors and are available by calling 01924 211611.
Tickets for the 2011 Carnegie Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 27 costs from £21 to £76 and are selling fast. Last year’s final was a sell-out and fans are advised to move quickly to secure their seat at the historic showpiece final. To book tickets call 0844 856 1113 or visit www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk
For more information about the Carnegie Challenge Cup visit www.carnegiechallengecup.co.uk