RECENT signing Lee Jewitt describes Castleford Tigers’ team spirit as the best he has ever encountered after finally putting his “dark” times with Salford Red Devils behind him.
The prop, 27, hopes to feature in his third successive game since joining the West Yorkshire club from French outfit Limoux when they host Hull KR tomorrow.
Jewitt has played in wins over Wakefield and Widnes, fitting in seamlessly to ease high-flying Castleford’s injury problems.
Furthermore, he has grabbed his second chance at Super League, having ended seven years with Salford on a sour note last autumn.
“The culture of this club is second to none,” said Jewitt.
“They are the best set of blokes I have been involved with.
“I spoke to (Castleford’s ex-Salford prop) Ryan Boyle a lot and he couldn’t praise the club, Daryl (Powell) and the boys enough.
“He was really positive and that’s when I sat down and thought maybe it’s time to give it one last shot.
“I could not wish for anything more. I have come back and it has been an absolute God send. I have loved it.”
On his spell in France, Jewitt said: “I was part-time over there and was trying to train full-time and keep in that mentality.
“But, to be honest, I didn’t think I’d come back to Super League.
“I was looking at things outside the sport.
“I was a bit down with rugby before I went, I wasn’t playing well or enjoying the game.
“When I went out there it gave me time to think and get back to being a dad again as well, not being down all the time.
“When Daryl spoke to me, it was the right time to come back. The end of my time at Salford was pretty dark, I wasn’t in a good place and was taking it home.
“My wife and kids were getting the brunt of it, which wasn’t fair. Going home from training here, I’ve got a smile on my face, my family’s happy, I am happy and it is good to be back.”
Castleford winger Justin Carney misses the first of two matches after being banned for fighting. James Clare is set to deputise. Daryl Clark and Grant Millington are expected to shake off minor knocks but Nathan Massey, Ryan Boyle and Dan Fleming are still out.
Hull KR are without Jason Netherton and Liam Salter, while there are doubts over Dave Hodgson (calf) and Craig Hall (hamstring).