Jewitt looks for big send-off at Castleford

Lee Jewitt in action for Castleford Tigers this season against Wigan.
Lee Jewitt in action for Castleford Tigers this season against Wigan.

Fit again Lee Jewitt is backing his Castleford Tigers team-mates to help give him a great send-off before he goes to Australia at the end of the season.

After missing the last four games through injury, Jewitt is back in contention for a place in the side against Hull for the start of a Super 8s campaign he hopes can crown his “enjoyable” time at Castleford.

A top four finish is still the aim insists the 29-year-old forward, although he admitted the first game at Hull was probably a must-win.

Jewitt told the Express: “We are taking each game as it comes, but we still believe we can make the top four.

“All we’ve got to worry about is those two points. Whatever anyone else does is obviously out of our hands and if we can win every game we will be looking up at teams dropping points and we are then in with a chance.

“I think every game is must-win, but especially this one, just to set us off.

“It’s kind of a new competition now. we’ve drawn a line under the rest of the season and you are starting now with seven big games.

“There’s a few of us retiring or going elsewhere and we all want to finish on a high.

“We want to finish strong as a team and I’d love to leave this club knowing we’ve made that top four.

“I’ve loved my time at Castleford. I can’t say a bad word about the club, it’s been absolutely amazing to me and my family.

“The fans have been brilliant. They have taken us in and when people say it’s like a Cas family it is. Everyone is in it together, the fans, the coaches, the players, it’s all one family. It would be nice to finish on a high for the fans as well.”

Jewitt is gearing up for a big forward battle if he is selected with Hull famed for their huge pack.

He said: “They are very strong up front and they rely on their big guys who are their enforcers. We’ve got to get stuck into them early and come out on top.

“We’ve been there this year and kind of set a marker down for us for the season when we beat Hull early on.

“Obviously with the injuries we fell away a bit, but I don’t think many teams have gone there and won so it was a big achievement.

“We’ll take confidence from that and when we played them at Cas we fell just short, A couple of kicks didn’t go our way or other decisions so we’re definitely confident going there this week.

“We know what’s coming, straight down the middle, big set, so we’re not too worried about them – it’s about us and if we can perform we are sure we can come away with the points.

“It should be a good atmosphere again as it always is when we play at Hull.

“Our fans turn out in numbers at Hull and they’re always in good voice and obviously Hull with the way they’ve been performing will have good backing.”

Jewitt admitted to being frustrated by injuries in his third season with the Tigers.

He added: “I’ve just been having niggling injuries. I’d be in a game then miss a week then back in so it’s been tough doing it like that.

“Touch wood I’m definitely feeling the best I’ve felt so hopefully I can get some games together in the Super 8s.

“The rest and rehab has been really good for me. It’s probably the best I’ve felt in a long, long time. I’m ready to go and I’m hoping I get picked. The boys have been playing well so for me it’s about taking me chance when it comes. Hopefully it’s this week.”