Lee Radford had a love-hate relationship with Jake Connor during their time together at Hull FC.
With Radford as head coach and Connor as one of his playmakers, they won the Challenge Cup together in 2017.
Radford, of course, was sacked as Black and Whites head coach in March 2020 when Hull chairman Adam Pearson infamously announced the axing live on Sky Sports after a home drubbing against Warrington Wolves.
On Sunday at Wheldon Road, Radford will face his old club, and indeed Connor, for the first time since taking charge of Castleford Tigers at the end of last season.
It is an intriguing sub-plot to a fixture that has taken on huge importance for Radford in the wake of the Tigers’ losing start.
They have lost three from three so far and over 2,000 Hull supporters are expected to be in attendance on Sunday.
Earlier this week, Radford was then quizzed about the threat posed by Jake Connor, who starred for Hull last weekend against Salford with a string of assists amidst a sparkling individual display.
In a jibe at Connor, Radford simply replied: “Down our end a lot; down the other end, not too much.”
Connor destroyed Salford last week and it would be no surprise to see him take centre stage against Radford’s Tigers.
The in-form full-back is an outstanding value 8/5 with bet365 to be an any-time scorer against Castleford.
Betfred are also offering 16/1 on the former Huddersfield Giants star to be the game’s first try-scorer as Brett Hodgson’s side go in search of their third win from four games.
Sporting Index are offering odds of 17/20 for an away victory while you can get a tempting 4/5 with bet365 for Hull to score first in the game.
All in all, it should be quite an occasion for Radford’s reunion with Hull – and Connor.