Westerman relishing Wembley chance

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Joe Westerman will finally get the chance to put his biggest Challenge Cup disappointment behind him when he runs out at Wembley on Saturday.

The Hull loose forward was just nine when he went to cheer hometown club Castleford in their semi-final against underdogs London Broncos at Headingley only to have his heart broken.

Fourteen years on, Westerman will be at Wembley as a player as Hull look to turn the tables on Wigan in the 2013 final.

“It’s massive for me,” he said. “Obviously to be playing at Wembley is a dream come true.

“The closest I’ve been is watching Cas versus London at Leeds in 1999 when Steele Retchless scored in the last second to put Cas out.

“I was absolutely gutted because I was going to Wembley that year to watch them.”

Westerman spent three seasons with Castleford before joining Hull for a six-figure transfer fee three years ago in a bid to win trophies.

“Cas are my hometown club and I grew up watching them but I moved to Hull thinking they were a big club on the up and we’ve showed that this year,” he said.