IT has been a normal week at Castleford Tigers this week, despite coach Terry Matterson’s absence.
Matterson is assistant to Exiles boss Brian McClennan and has been in camp in the build-up to tonight’s International Origin match against England at Headingley Carnegie.
Assistant-coach Andy Hay has been supervising training ahead of Sunday’s home Engage Super League clash with Wigan Warriors, but he insisted: “With Terry being away not much is going to change.
“We have got our structures in place and we have just been doing what we would have been doing if he was here, but without him overseeing everything.”
Matterson will be back at Tigers for their final training session tomorrow and will take control of the team on Sunday.
Hay added: “It is not like I have been in charge, it’s more been looking after training sessions during the week.
“It has been good for me and my development.”
The former Castleford, Sheffield and Leeds player revealed he has ambitions to become a head coach at some stage.
“This is my fourth year as an assistant and I am getting itchy feet to try and move up,” he said. “There’s not many jobs around and it is about getting the timing right – and not jumping too early.”
Matterson is out of contract at the end of this year, but Hay said: “We’ve not spoken about that.
“I am sure when he has made a decision he will let me know and we will go from there.”
Tigers’ initial 19 for Sunday’s game will be announced this afternoon. Hay confirmed stand-off Rangi Chase – who is due to play for the Exiles tonight – will be included.
“If he comes through all right, he will want to play on Sunday,” he said. “He’s not going to want to stay out of this game, even if we asked him to.
“He would have to be carrying a fair injury not to put his hand up to play.”
Meanwhile, Tigers’ Super League game at Crusaders has been put back a day to Saturday, July 16 (3pm).