IT will be an extremely strange event for Brett Ferres if he is a part of the Huddersfield Giants side that relegates Bradford Bulls tomorrow.
Not only is he the nephew of Steve Ferres, the latest Bradford managing director charged with trying to fight the ailing club’s fires, but the England second-row also started his career at Odsal.
Indeed, he was in the last Bulls side to win a trophy, helping them lift the World Club Challenge as a 19-year-old in 2006 – actually at tomorrow’s venue – before moving on to Wakefield Trinity at the end of that season.
“It is really disappointing to see this happening to a club of that stature,” Ferres told The Yorkshire Post.
“When I first started out, it was the club to be at, the place to be and top of the game.
“That was only about 10 years ago.
“It’s a shame the club’s not been run better and it’s disappointing for the players as it’s tough enough at the top as it is without having to worry about balancing the books.
“But for us at Huddersfield, it’s really important we just go out and produce a performance for a full 80 minutes after losing at Castleford last week.”
The hosts should be bolstered by the return of Man of Steel Danny Brough after the captain missed his first game of the season in that 44-30 setback at Wheldon Road.
Ferres, who led the side in the stand-off’s absence, said: “He’s a talisman for us, one of our big go-to players and one of the best kickers in Super League.
“You are always going to miss that but it’s his general leadership, too, and all the talk he brings not to mention the plays he comes up with when we go to the edges.
“It’ll be good to have Broughy back in there and, at the same time, it relieves a bit of pressure on us at hooker, too, as it means we can shift some players around.”