Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston describes as “fantastic” the prospect of facing Castleford Tigers in the Challenge Cup.
The fifth-round draw will take Aston back to his home-town club where he played as a teenager before joining Eagles.
It also sets up a coaching battle against his friend and former Eagles team-mate Daryl Powell: “There are lots of things to hang your hat on with the draw,” he said. “I’m sure Daryl will be smiling about it and we’ll be talking soon.
“People will talk about Aston against Powell but this is about Eagles against Castleford Tigers - the second in the Super League - it’s fantastic.
“Hopefully we’ll put in a big performance and it’s a dream to win a game like this.”
Aston and Powell formed the half-back partnership at the Eagles for ten seasons and as coaches had many memorable battles.
When Powell was in charge at Featherstone the clubs met twice in Championship Grand Finals with honours shared.
Aston paid tribute to the way Powell has turned around the fortunes of Castleford since joining them last season.
“Daryl is doing a fantastic job,” said Aston. “I was over the moon when he got the chance to coach Castleford.
“He’s put a smile on the faces of the fans who are very passionate about the game - he’s got them bouncing off the walls.”
Eagles will be the outsiders when they travel to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle but won’t lack motivation with several former Cas players in the squad including Andrew Henderson and Dominic Brambani.s