long-term casualty Lee Jewitt is set to play his first game since last September when Castleford Tigers take on visitors Hull KR tomorrow.
Jewitt made 16 appearances for Tigers last year, after joining them midway through the campaign following a spell playing in France, but surgery on a hip, then a double hernia operation, has kept him on the sidelines so far this season.
He has been named in Tigers’ initial 19-man squad for tomorrow and insisted he is fit and raring to go.
“It’s just one of those things,” Jewitt said of his double injury setback. “But it was very frustrating – and I feel sorry for my family.
“I have probably been a nightmare to live with, but it’s done now and I have to put it behind me. It has been six or seven months, a long time and after four or five months you start thinking is it ever going to end, but I always knew there’d be light at the end of the tunnel.”
Jewitt admitted being available and getting back in the team could be two different things.
“They played well over Easter,” he said of Tigers’ recent form. “Even when they were losing they were playing well, they were only losing by a try here and there. It was just a case of hoping I’d get back in, but I knew I would have to wait my turn and that would not be a problem.”
Tigers will go into tomorrow’s game looking to build on their impressive win at Warrington Wolves four days ago. Jewitt predicted: “There’s a lot more to come from this team. When you look at us and the individuals in the team, you can see there’s something there.
“It does take a while, we’ve had a lot of players going and a lot coming in, but when we look at each other now, in training and in games, you can see it is coming.
“Everyone’s on a high after Monday, to go to Warrington, for the second game over the Easter weekend and come up with a result like that, that was just what we needed. The big thing now is putting some results together. It’s no good winning one and losing one, for us now it’s about getting some wins under our belts and a bit of consistency.”
The win at HJ Stadium was marred by injuries to Luke Dorn (hamstring) and Matt Cook (ankle) who will both miss tomorrow’s match.