Jamie Ellis is hoping Castleford can climb up the Betfred Super League

Jamie Ellis
Jamie Ellis

Jamie Ellis is hoping to help Castleford climb into the top four of the Betfred Super League and keep his old club Hull KR entrenched in the bottom four in Friday's rearranged game at KCOM Craven Park.

Half-back Ellis has fond memories of the 2017 season he spent on loan with Rovers, where he scored 349 points in 30 appearances to help guide them out of the Championship at the first attempt.

Although still contracted to Huddersfield, Ellis would have been happy to stay on at Craven Park for 2018 - that was until the call came of the blue with an offer to return to Castleford.

"I had two years left at Huddersfield so it was all up in the air," Ellis recalled. "I wanted to go back to Super League and, when Hull KR got promoted, I thought 'I'm 100 per cent staying there'.

"But nothing came about and it was still up in the air when I was on holiday with my family and I got a call from my agent saying 'Cas really want you'.

"With the way they were going last year - it was just before the Grand Final - it was an easy decision. I thought I want to play in a Grand Final."

The Tigers' bid to improve on their runners-up spot in 2017 has stalled on the back of a disappointing run of three defeats in their last five league matches, on top of going out of the Challenge Cup, but they are still in touch with the pacesetters.

Their cup exit provided the club with an opportunity to fit in one of their two postponed league games and Ellis says it is an opportunity to quickly bounce back from last week's 40-18 hammering by St Helens.

"We were obviously disappointed with the game last week," he said. "We weren't at our best.

"This is a big game to get our points back. With the games in hand, it's very important that we do get the win.

"We have our standards set so high so when we don't reach those standards, we beat ourselves up about it.

"We know we can beat any team on our day, we just need to put it all together, starting with Friday."

Hull KR boosted their survival hopes with a resounding 24-8 win over Wigan last Friday, a shock result achieved despite the absence of a host of experienced players including Danny McGuire, the man signed to fill Ellis' old number seven shirt.

"They've got some good players and Tim Sheens is a great coach so it's going to be very tough," Ellis said.

"We've watched a video of their win over Wigan and they're playing with confidence whereas we're going in off the back of a loss, it's going to be a good game."

Related rugby league links

Most Read

You can back the Sporting Life Accumulator at 75/1 on Saturday1

Sporting Life Accumulator

Following another win last weekend, we have a four-fold accumulator in the EFL enhanced to a huge 75/1 by title sponsors Sky Bet.

Can Hydrangea follow up her victory from last year?2

Listen: Sporting Life Racing Podcast!

We provide a race-by-race guide to QIPCO British Champions Day in the latest Racing Podcast.

Check out our preview and tips for today's horse racing3

Thursday's racing preview

David Clough makes Kirkland Forever his best bet at Brighton and has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Check out today's Paper Talk4

Thursday's Paper Talk

Juventus want Marcus Rashford while Eden Hazard set to sign a new Chelsea contract - get all the back-page gossip from today's newspapers.

Oisin Murphy celebrates on Roaring Lion after winning the Juddmonte International Stakes5

Roaring Lion to run in QEII

John Gosden has confirmed Roaring Lion will drop to a mile for Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Most Read

You can back the Sporting Life Accumulator at 75/1 on Saturday1

Sporting Life Accumulator

Following another win last weekend, we have a four-fold accumulator in the EFL enhanced to a huge 75/1 by title sponsors Sky Bet.

Can Hydrangea follow up her victory from last year?2

Listen: Sporting Life Racing Podcast!

We provide a race-by-race guide to QIPCO British Champions Day in the latest Racing Podcast.

Check out our preview and tips for today's horse racing3

Thursday's racing preview

David Clough makes Kirkland Forever his best bet at Brighton and has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Check out today's Paper Talk4

Thursday's Paper Talk

Juventus want Marcus Rashford while Eden Hazard set to sign a new Chelsea contract - get all the back-page gossip from today's newspapers.

Oisin Murphy celebrates on Roaring Lion after winning the Juddmonte International Stakes5

Roaring Lion to run in QEII

John Gosden has confirmed Roaring Lion will drop to a mile for Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.

Racing Tips

Check out our preview and tips for today's horse racing

Friday's racing preview

Across The Sea at Haydock is Nick Grant's best bet for Friday and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Nap Of The Day

Daily Nap: Trust Mankind

David Ord turns to Chelmsford for Thursday's best bets - with all three of his selections running on the card.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

Next Race Off

18:39 Keeneland
4
(4)
Hubbadahubbadaboom
J: Corey Lanerie
7
(7)
Match Play
J: Robby Albarado

Football Tips

Sporting Life's Premier League preview package

Premier League betting preview

Mark your card for Saturday's 3pm kick-offs in the Premier League with the best bets, Super 6 predictions and top stats for each game.

You can back the Sporting Life Accumulator at 75/1 on Saturday

Sporting Life Accumulator

Following another win last weekend, we have a four-fold accumulator in the EFL enhanced to a huge 75/1 by title sponsors Sky Bet.

Our best bets for Sheffield Wednesday v Middlesbrough

Back corners at Hillsborough

The weekend's football kicks off at Hillsborough as Sheffield Wednesday take on Middlesbrough. We've found a 9/5 best bet.