Castleford Tigers: Ferres makes plea to get back stolen prized shirts

worn with pride: Brett Ferres and daughter Ava-Isabella, 2, with the famous yellow shirt of Castleford Tigers.
worn with pride: Brett Ferres and daughter Ava-Isabella, 2, with the famous yellow shirt of Castleford Tigers.
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Castleford Tigers star Brett Ferres provides a somewhat different view from the pitch.

I KNOW this is a rugby column, rather than Crimewatch, but hopefully readers of the Yorkshire Evening Post can help me to get some property back.

Recently about 20 old playing shirts were stolen from my house in Allerton Bywater that can’t be replaced.

I don’t think they would be worth much to anyone else, but there’s a lot of sentimental value and I was planning to display them in a games room in my home.

They are old shirts that I have worn during my career, including an England one, a couple that friends have given me, a signed Warrington jersey and a Wests Tigers one which I was given after the World Club Challenge in 2006, when I played for Bradford.

I have reported it to the police, but if anyone sees any of these jerseys or is offered one for sale, please contact the Castleford club.

I think the England players must have felt like they had been mugged at the end of the International Origin match at Headingley Carnegie last Friday.

It was a dramatic finish with the Exiles scoring in the last minute and it was great for my Castleford team-mate Rangi Chase to get the man-of-the-match award.

I was a bit disappointed not to be playing and I’d like to think I’ll be involved if there’s a similar game next year.

I am in the England Elite Training Squad, so it is nice to know that I am in the mix, but I had no complaints about the selection for last week. I would have loved to have played, but I don’t think my form for Cas warranted it.

I started the season well, but my form dropped off when the team’s did. I think I’m starting to get there again now and hopefully I’ll be in contention when the Four Nations squad is picked at the end of the year.

I’ve been on a couple of camps with the ETS and that has been a great experience and an eye-opener.

It was good to get to know the players and we did a few things that I haven’t done before, like work with a psychologist. Getting all the players together early is a great concept and it has given us a head start, so it is great to be part of it.

At the moment my main focus is on doing well with Castleford, playing consistently and hopefully improving each week. then I will see what comes from that.

Team-wise, I think we’ve had a bit of a mixed year. We started really well, which nobody except ourselves expected, but we had a blip around Easter.

We’ve had a couple of heavy defeats, but we could take a lot out of last Sunday’s draw against Wigan and the way we fought back in the second half.

We rectified a few things at half-time and in the end it was probably a point lost rather than one gained because we could have nicked it at the death.

That sets us up nicely for Friday’s game at Salford. They will be on a high after winning at Warrington last weekend and since their new coach (Matthew Parish) was appointed, they seem to have stepped up a gear.

I think they must all be trying to impress him. Every team we play seems to be running into form, but it makes for a good challenge and if we can carry on from where we left off against Wigan, we should be all right.

We need to keep picking up points to consolidate our place in the top-eight and to keep the pressure on the teams above us.

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