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."

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