Cording puts team first
Jamie Cording will be aiming to help take Huddersfield Giants back to the top of Super League when they go to bottom club Castleford Tigers tomorrow, even if it means upsetting his girlfriend.
The 23-year-old Giants second rower spent three years at Castleford after joining them as a 16-year-old and, despite spending the last three seasons with Huddersfield, he still has strong links with the town.
Born in neighbouring Featherstone, Cording recently moved to Glasshoughton - on the outskirts of Castleford - with his girlfriend Emily, who will be firmly in the home camp tomorrow.
"She's actually a big Cas fan, her and her grandma, who's been a season-ticket holder for 60 years," he said.
"If we win, I think I'll be kicked out of the house, I'll be back at my mum's."
Cording joined the Giants after failing to secure a first-team place at the Tigers and has seen the move pay off handsomely this season after playing in eight of their 10 matches so far.
They are just a point off leaders Wigan Warriors, who are at home to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Sunday.
Castleford are rock bottom after winning just once so far, notably against champions Leeds Rhinos, but Cording insists the high-flying Giants will not be underestimating their opponents.
"They've had a tough start to the season," he said. "They've played the big teams so to speak and it's still only round 11 this week so I don't think we can take much from the table just yet.
"Castleford play well at home so it will be a tough ask. On their day they can beat anybody."
Huddersfield have lost on their last four visits to Castleford and were hammered 52-6 there last season, but will be firm favourites to pile on the misery for Ian Millward's men after returning to form with a 62-6 thumping of Widnes Vikings on Easter Monday.
"We had a bit of a lapse at Salford, where we didn't go with the right attitude," Cording added. "But we got the response we needed on Monday and we should take that form into Castleford."
Cording will be up against a couple of his old team-mates from his junior days at Castleford in Oliver Holmes and Jordan Thompson, while the Tigers will also have an old boy on duty in prop Ryan Boyle, who has rejoined them from Salford.
Boyle was the subject of a straight swap deal involving fellow front rower Jake Emmitt and believes he returns from Salford City Reds a far better player than when he left three and a half years ago.
"I was a young and inexperienced prop when I left," he said. "I feel my overall game has improved with the amount of games I've played since then."
Boyle is happy to go straight into the Tigers team after training with his new team-mates for the first time yesterday.
"As a prop, it's probably one of the easier positions to slot straight back in," he said. "I'm comfortable with the boys around me. I'm mates with them all anyway."