Castleford Tigers: Hay’s poised to fill Matterson’s boots

Andy Hay.
Andy Hay.
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ASSISTANT-COACH Andy Hay will move into the Castleford Tigers’ hot seat in the build up to next weekend’s Engage Super League clash with champions Wigan Warriors.

Boss Terry Matterson will go into camp with the Exiles after Sunday’s game away to Huddersfield Giants, ahead of the International Origin match against England at Headingley Carnegie a week tonight.

Hay will be in day-to-day charge of the build-up to Wigan’s visit, with Matterson overseeing things when necessary.

Matterson – who is assistant to Exiles coach Brian McClennan – is confident he will be leaving Tigers in good hands.

“I will be in camp with the Exiles, but the week has already been planned and it will be good for Andy,” Matterson said.

“He does quite a bit of work anyway and it will be good responsibility for him and the senior players as well.

“The Exiles are based in Leeds so I will be back and forth, but I trust Andy and it will be good to freshen things up a bit.”

Meanwhile, Matterson was this afternoon due to name his initial 19 for Sunday’s showdown with Huddersfield at The Shay, Halifax.

He said Willie Isa will miss out due to an ankle injury suffered in the win over Harlequins five days ago, but Paul Jackson (back) will “definitely” return from injury, Martin Aspinwall (calf) is a possibility and Nick Youngquest (knee) also has a chance of being available.

“They are making the right noises,” he said. “We will see how they are nearer the game.”

Only Isa and long-term casualty Craig Huby are definitely unavailable.

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