TODAY’S much-anticipated Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth round clash will be extra special for Castleford Tigers forward Brett Ferres who is set to make his first appearance at Belle Vue since his move from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in 2008.
There is a lot of excitement ahead of the cup tie between Wildcats and Tigers at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium and second rower Ferres is itching to get out onto the pitch and help Castleford reach the quarter-finals at the expense of their local rivals.
Victory would also be a sweet way to mark his first appearance for Tigers in Wakefield since the 25 year-old was released from the Wildcats two-and-a-half years ago.
Ferres said: “It is a massive game for both clubs but the fact that it is a Challenge Cup game adds extra spice.
“A place in the quarter finals is a big carrot and you can’t talk the game up enough. The players want to give everything to make it more special.”
He added: “Having played for both sides I know what it means to them and how important the result is to the clubs.”
Ferres is expecting a great atmosphere on the pitch where he played 40 first team games in the red, white and blue, saying: “Both sides have cracking fan bases and the atmosphere should be amazing.
“I loved playing there because the fans are right on top of you and it is a real buzz to be going back.”
Ferres has been in impressive form for Tigers this season, having played in every one of their 13 Super League XVI games so far.
But following a sparkling start to their campaign, Cas have endured a recent drop in form in which they have failed to win in their last five league games.
A 62-0 thrashing at the hands of Warrington Wolves last Friday was the latest low point for his team but Ferres believes that Sunday’s game could mark a turning point.
He said: “We started well but have been in a bit of a slump and I don’t think we have had a good performance since Easter.
“There have been a few home truths spoken in the dressing room. We need a win to get back on track and the cup game at Wakefield is a great opportunity to do that.”
Wakefield started Tigers’ bad run with a sensational fightback 28-24 fightback victory at the Probiz Coliseum on Good Friday but revenge is not motivating Ferres, who said: “We want to win every game we play in.
“We gave Wakefield a sniff and credit to them, they took their chance.”
See this week’s Wakefield Express Sport for all the build-up to today’s big cup clash.