Castleford prop Andy Lynch is delighted to be back at a club, and in a town, where rugby league is the lifeblood of the people.
Although he has moved to Cas from Hull FC, a club situated in a true urban hotbed of the game, Lynch feels that the Tigers fans can produce something special in their smaller, more intense stadium.
“I think Cas town itself lives and breathes rugby league,” he told Love Rugby League.
“Hull is a bit bigger, but the fans in Cas love rugby league. I think at Cas the players and fans interact really closely.
“That’s something that players like. The fans like it too, so it’s great to be back.
“The KC is awesome when it’s full, but with six or seven thousand people here at Cas, it’s really close to the field, so the atmosphere is right on top of you.
“You don’t necessarily notice when you’re playing, but the fans know what I mean.
“Especially for big games against Leeds years ago, when we used to get 10 or 11 thousand down here, the atmosphere was awesome.
“So hopefully this season, when we do play the big teams like Leeds, we can get crowds like that back in again.”
Lynch also insists that Castleford will not be looking to consolidate this season, after some disruption over the past couple of years.
The veteran prop maintains that Daryl Powell’s team will be pushing hard for victory in every single game.
“We’ve got to go for it,” he added.
“You’ve got to go out and try to win every game. Our aim this year is to be competitive in every game, and be in that game for 80 minutes.
“If we do that, then there’ll be no dramas, and we’ll pick up our fair share of two-pointers this year.”