FORMER Castleford captain Ryan Hudson has insisted sentiment will count for nothing as the Giants look to secure their first Super League win of the season against his old club at the Galpharm tomorrow (3.00).
Huddersfield go into the contest on the back of opening defeats to champions Leeds as well as Bradford.
With the Giants desperate to build on last season’s top-five finish, that makes the task against the Tigers all the more important,
And the 28-year-old vice-captain is determined to do everything within his power to spearhead a revival.
“We need the two points, it’s as simple as that,” he said.
“The fact it’s against the club where I was captain four years ago doesn’t make the slightest bit of difference.
“Yes, I was delighted when Cas were promoted and I’d love them to do well this season.
“But there’s no way I intend that to be at the expense of the Giants.
“It’s a massive game for us, and after losing our opening two matches we’re desperate to get that first win under our belts.
“Once that happens we know we’ll be away. We have the ability, we just need to start realising our potential as soon as possible.”
Hudson produced a solid opening spell in last Saturday’s defeat by Bradford at Odsal.
But he’s already pledged to do far more tomorrow.
“I thought I started strongly early on, but I know I’m still not fully firing,” he added.
“And that goes for everyone in the pack.
“It’s up to me and the rest of the forwards to set the platform, because we’re just not doing it yet.
“We’ve got skilful half-backs and fast backs in our team, but if we’re not doing our job they’ve got no chance.
“If you win the ruck, you win the ball game, and that’s what we need to do tomorrow.”