Head coach Daryl Powell is hoping for a good turn out of fans for Castleford Tigers’ Boxing Day testimonial for one club man Craig Huby.
The 27-year-old prop forward has spent all his career at his hometown Castleford club after making his debut, aged just 16, in 2003 and the Boxing Day game against Halifax at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle will mark the last event in his testimonial year.
Huby remains a key player in the Tigers pack and his value has been underlined by his current boss Powell.
He told the Express: “Craig’s highly regarded in Castleford as a player. He’s been a quality player for a number of years and has been close to international recognition at different times.
“He had that unfortunate injury a few years back, which knocked him backwards a little bit, but I thought towards the back end of last year he was playing some high quality rugby league and showing how good he can be as a player.
“He’s obviously been at the club a long time and that’s how you get a testimonial. He’s committed himself to one club over 10 years and it’s a fitting reward for someone has been a big part in Castleford Tigers over the last 10 years.
“Hopefully people will support him in the way he deserves, we can put in a good performance and he’ll be able to enjoy being rewarded for the amount of time he has spent with the club.”
Powell reckons that at 27 Huby can still push on to play for England.
He said: “Props tend to mature a little bit later based on the job they have to do in the middle of the field.
“Being mature as a prop is very beneficial so you have got to keep trying and an international call could come. There’s some high quality props around at the moment so he needs to keep working hard to get himself past some of those boys who have come through, but you never say never.”