Wakefield Trinity Wildcats prop Andy Raleigh is hoping to enjoy another “fantastic day” at the Etihad Stadium this weekend.
Wildcats face derby foes Castleford Tigers on Saturday (kick-off 2.15pm) as part of Super League’s Magic Weekend.
Raleigh was part of the Wakefield side that beat Tigers 32-26 at last season’s showcase weekend and the 32-year-old is targeting more of the same this year.
“We played there last year and got the win. It was a fantastic day, it was red hot, the conditions couldn’t have really been any better,” he said.
“Playing in a different environment is nice. Being in Premier League changing rooms and things like that is a little bit different, and actually watching the games after - it’s a fantastic stadium.
“For the fans to go along I’m sure it’s a great experience. It’s nice that as a sport we do these things and the boys are looking forward to it.”
Raleigh is wary that Tigers will be no pushovers, especially having a new head coach in Daryl Powell.
The former Featherstone Rovers boss took charge of Castleford for the first time in their 39-30 defeat at Catalans Dragons on Saturday and Powell could take plenty of positives from his side’s performance despite suffering defeat.
And Raleigh knows Powell will be desperate to enjoy his first Tigers victory in Manchester this weekend.
“I’m sure they’ll be wanting to play for their positions with a new coach,” he said.
“It’s often a tough time to play a side when they’ve got a new coach in. People are wanting to prove themselves and earn new contracts, things like that so they’ll be in that frame of mind so we’re going to have to play well.”