BIG Keith Mason is ready to make Castleford pay!
The Giants' new pack star heads back to The Jungle for the first time since his acrimonious split with the club six weeks ago for Sunday's Super League clash (3.30).
The former St Helens prop was frozen out by Cas coach Terry Matterson within weeks of arriving at the newly-promoted club at the start of the season.
The memory of that torrid time still remains fresh in his mind.
And although the 24-year-old is aiming to treat the fixture "like any other game", he admits helping the Giants beat his former employers would be extra special.
"I think everyone knows about the history between myself and Castleford," he said.
"People know what I can do on the field and I knew what I could do for them.
"But for some reason, the coach never gave me the chance and my time there was a nightmare.
"I don't feel I need to go back to prove a point, because I've already proved myself to a lot of people.
"In that respect I intend to treat Sunday like any other game.
"But I would be lying if I said I wouldn't gain a great deal of satisfaction if we won."
But Mason is the first to admit there's far more importance to the Giants winning than for him to settle an old score.
"This is a match we have to win to maintain our top six play-off challenge," he added.
"In that sense, this is our most important game of the season.
"If we beat Castleford and Salford lose at home to Leeds, we'll only be one win away from getting back into the top six.
"The form we're showing right now is certainly that of a top-six side and it's vital we show it again.
"Cas will be feeling good after their draw at home to Bradford a week ago.
"But we know that if we play to our full potential we'll win.
"The team is feeling confident, and I'm feeling confident and I'm really enjoying playing the game once again.
"I'll feel even better if we beat Castleford on Sunday!"