Lynch humbled by testimonial offer

January 05, 2015 12:11:00 UK

Castleford Tigers forward Andy Lynch has admitted that the upcoming friendly match with Bradford Bulls to mark his testimonial will be a humbling experience.

All profits generated from the match will be donated to Lynch’s testimonial fund, and the veteran star says he’s pleased that two clubs close to his heart will contest the game.

“The game is the thing you really look forward to when you arrange a testimonial calendar and it’s certainly the one thing I’ve had my eye on for quite some time now. I can’t wait for it,” said Lynch, who has also spent time in Super League with Hull FC.

“It’s going to be a very humbling experience and I just hope it’s a big crowd. Having a match in your honour is a bit surreal and I’m a bit lost for words. But I spent some great times at Bradford and I’ve had a lot of good years with Cas.”

Lynch also believes that the match will provide a good test for the Tigers ahead of the 2015 season.

The Bulls were relegated from Super League last season, but head coach James Lowes has recruited a squad that appears capable of challenging the top sides.

“I initially asked Steve Ferres at Bradford if they’d be willing to play and they were only too happy to agree to it,” added Lynch.

“Our staff agreed to it too, and I think the game will provide the right sort of contest for our preparations.”

The Tigers reached the final of the Challenge Cup in 2014, where they were defeated by Leeds Rhinos.

They open their 2015 Super League campaign with a home match against local rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on 8th February and are quoted 41.00 in the Grand Final winner betting.

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