If ever there was an adopted Castleford man it is Jesse Sene-Lefao.
Full of life and vim and vigour, the Samoan joined the Tigers back in 2017 – just in time for their sensational, record-breaking season.
Since then, Sene-Lefao has made over 100 Castleford appearances and is in line to make his 150th career game against Wakefield this weekend – and he cannot wait after the club broke their 32-year drought at St Helens last time out.
“Spirits are high, the town is buzzing, you go around town people are always bringing up the 32 years of drought over there,” Sene-Lefao said.
“It’s a proud feeling, it’s always had to beat Saints but to do it over there was special.
“Our confidence comes from the work we do in training, you’re always up for a big game.
“It’s just putting it all together in one team, that’s why it was so special – if it wasn’t for the unity I don’t think we would have got the two points.”
Up next are Wakefield – and it’s all about making more memories for the lively forward.
“It’s aways good these local derbies because they’ve got to do it for me seen as it’s my 150th career appearance!
“I’m still chasing the next win and it’s hard to relax, so I try to make more good moments to share with my kids when I get back to Australia.
“Whether its’ a bad day or good day I always see the positive – there is always a positive and when the tough times come we always get through it together.
“Like at any club, everyone goes through the downsides and we go through the ups together – bringing that same energy and getting those small wins to hopefully become massive memories.”
The 31-year-old is out of contract at the end of the year, with speculation linking him with a move away to the likes of Salford, but Sene-Lefao didn’t want to focus on that too much.
“No comment,” Sene-Lefao joked when asked where his future lay.
“This week is something that is pretty special for me, so I’ll leave all that stuff to sort out itself.”