Kear relishing ’emotional’ Castleford reunion

Batley coach John Kear is relishing facing his hometown team when Castleford visit the Bulldogs this Sunday in the Challenge Cup.

The 59-year-old, who has won the prestigious competition twice with Sheffield Eagles (1998) and Hull FC (2005), played for the Tigers from 1980 to 1987 and admits they still have a place in his heart.

“It’s a really special draw for me, I have a great emotional tie with Castleford Tigers,” said Kear.

“I always look out for their score and I like to see how they are doing. I’m so pleased for Daryl Powell and the club with how well they have started the season.

“I’d love for us to produce a massive upset, it’s the romance of the Cup isn’t it? The draw has everything, potential giant killings, Super League clashes and Championship ties, it’s what it’s all about.

“There’s always an upset in every round and I would love it to be Batley Bulldogs knocking out Castleford Tigers in this round but we know it will be difficult.

“They are full time athletes and it will be a big test but we won’t be stuck on knowledge about them that’s for sure. We will look at them closely and have a good idea of what to expect.

“We need our fans to get behind us, it’s going to be a great atmosphere and I think a lot of Cas fans will make the journey. They will fancy their chances obviously but if we perform well on the day I will be delighted.”

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