ADAM MILNER played down his crucial interventions as Castleford Tigers reached a maiden Grand Final.
The industrious loose forward produced a vital try-saving tackle on Tommy Makinson against St Helens – and barely 60 seconds later barged over for a try of his own in the dramatic 23-22 semi-final success.
Two minutes from time, 22-20 down, I thought that’s mine and the team’s dream over after what we’ve built since Daryl (Powell) has been here. “But someone said ‘come on we’ve been in this situation with Saints before.’Adam Milner
Admittedly, it was typical fare for the 25-year-old who came through the academy ranks at Castleford and whose career-best form this term has led to talk about an England call-up.
“I do just think that’s my job,” said Milner, whose switch from hooker has proved influential in putting the League Leaders’ Shield winners on the verge of a first title.
“Luke Gale got man of the match. Me, him and (hooker) Paul McShane go for coffees on a morning. Me and Macca look like we’ve been hit by a bus and then Galey always comes in with a spring in his step saying he’s ready to play tomorrow.
“Me and Macca look at each other thinking ‘Is he all right? How can he get MOM?!’
“But I’d sooner have him in the team than not and he deserves all the accolades tonight.
“Two minutes from time, 22-20 down, I thought that’s mine and the team’s dream over after what we’ve built since Daryl (Powell) has been here.
“But someone said ‘come on we’ve been in this situation with Saints before.’ It was last year when Benny Roberts got a last-second drop goal down here.
“We’ve got belief. It was nail-biting but we’re 80 minutes from silverware at Old Trafford. Saying that gives me goosebumps.”