WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats head coach James Webster says he is “struggling” to raise a team for their derby trip to Castleford Tigers.
It might just be a classic case of mind games as the Australian seeks to get a win that will end their in-form opponents’ hopes of lifting the League Leaders’ Shield.
Nevertheless, Webster maintains the squad situation at Belle Vue is critical as they seek to atone for two big losses against Castleford this year.
“We have got some doubts and I don’t think there’ll be too many people (who are fit) not playing,” he said.
“Jimmy Keinhorst has gone back to Leeds and Richard Mathers, Danny Kirmond, Nick Scruton and Matt Ryan won’t be available.
“We have got some others with niggles, too, so we are struggling for a side.”
However, both Webster and his Castleford counterpart Daryl Powell are expecting fans to turn out in force tomorrow despite the visitors’ season effectively being over.
“We’ve been disappointed with the crowds Wakefield and Castleford have attracted over the last few years, but I think it will be close to full,” he said.
“I love going to Cas; I think it’s a great ground and players generally enjoy being there because the atmosphere a full house can generate is second to none in my opinion.
“They are a good team, they deserve to be where they are and we are looking forward to it. There’s no pressure on us.
“We are going with an under-strength team and they are well and truly favourites to win this game.
“But in plenty of games this year we have gone in as underdogs and got a result.”
Dean Collis (quad) joins Kirmond in dropping out meaning there are call-ups for homegrown youngsters Chris Annakin and Jordan Crowther.
Castleford’s 19 is unchanged but Adam Milner and Garreth Carvell are looking to push their way into the 17 that defeated Bradford Bulls.