FIRED-UP Giants star Brandon Costin will take to the field tomorrow with some harsh words from former Widnes boss Neil Kelly ringing in his ears.
The 30-year-old playmaker returns to action for the McAlpine Super League clash against the Vikings (5.30) after recovering from the hamstring injury which forced him to miss the last two games.
Huddersfield are desperate to collect the two League points to get their top six play-off bid back on track.
And Costin believes Kelly and the Widnes club have given the Giants more than enough ammunition to fire a victory charge.
"Just two weeks ago I heard Neil Kelly say that Castleford are `surely good enough to beat the likes of Huddersfield'," reported Costin.
"I know Kelly has since left the club, but I still associate those words with them and want to make them eat those words.
"In my opinion, Kelly was showing a lack of respect for what we are achieving at the McAlpine.
"He obviously still regards us as Super League's perennial cellar dwellers, which is a tag we've worked hard to try and remove.
"As far as we're concerned we have achieved that, so comments like this don't go down too well at all.
"Luckily, we have the chance to put that right tomorrow when we meet Widnes face-to-face."
Costin is, of course, hoping to complete tomorrow's game injury-free and finish the season in style.
He has suffered a number of knocks this year, which have restricted him to 14 of the Giants' 21 games.
And he is desperate to see his luck change.
"I think I've had more than enough injury problems this season. Surely, the worst is now behind me," he added.
* Top backing for Sharp but concern over McAlpine crowd levels - Pages 44 and 45