Castleford Tigers' Adam Milner thanks fans for supporting testimonial game at Hull KR - says he can't wait for Super League round one
Castleford Tigers stalwart Adam Milner has thanked fans who supported his testimonial game, despite not being allowed in the ground.
Tigers beat Hull KR 30-20 in their only pre-season hit-out, played behind closed doors at Hull College, Craven Park.
Milner’s parents were able to attend, but the rest of his family had to stay away and watch on a Facebook live stream.
Proceeds from the coverage, which cost £4.99, went to Milner’s fund and he said: “It was a special day.
“It was quite overwhelming, all the people who tuned in.
“I know it’s not an ideal situation, I would have loved it to be played at a packed Jungle, but I want to say a massive thanks to everyone who did buy the stream.
“I really appreciate it.”
Milner will be able to thank supporters in person from May, when spectators are due to be allowed into grounds for the first time since March last year.
“We’ve certainly missed them,” Milner said of Tigers’ fans.
“The game’s not been the same without them and we’re certainly looking forward to playing in front of a packed house at the Jungle.
“It will be a special occasion when that comes.”
Tigers now have a week and a half to get ready for their Betfred Super League opener against Warrington Wolves at Emerald Headingley on Sunday, March 28 - and Milner reckons the game last weekend was ideal preparation.
“Hull KR have got threats all over the field, they play a particular brand of rugby that’s dangerous and you have to keep honest throughout the field,” be said.
“They have got some big forwards and big, strong outside-backs, but we were impressed with our performance in the first half.
“There were a few changes in the second, which tends to be the case in pre-season games, but it was a good hit out for the boys.
“It was an impressive start from us, but there’s still lots of things to build on.”
He added: “It was good to get playing some rugby again.
“At this time of year everyone’s itching for a game, we got an opportunity to blow off some cobwebs and we’re definitely looking forward to the start of the season now.”
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