Academy: Danny Wilson previews tonight’s semi-final
City of Hull Academy Director Danny Wilson is eyeing another history-making moment at the Jungle this evening when the Under-19s take on Castleford Tigers in the play-off semi-final.
The Tigers' first-team ended a 91-year wait to top the league last night when they clinched the League Leaders' Shield, but more history could be made at the Jungle tonight.
Two years on from their formation, the City of Hull Academy could reach their first Grand Final since the joined academy began as they look to book their place against Castleford tonight at the Jungle.
Wilson, who's been a part of the academy since it was formed, hopes more history can be created.
"It would be a great achievement to reach the Grand Final, it's something we've wanted to do in year two of the academy," he said.
"We made history two years ago forming the academy and we're now on the verge of doing it again by hopefully reaching a Grand Final.
"As well as creating history, it's about exposing the players to finals and those big game experiences and show that we are here. The support from both clubs has been fantastic and hopefully we can make a statement."
The victors of tonight's semi-final will either face table toppers Wigan Warriors or Catalans Dragons in the Grand Final.
Tonight's opposition for the City of Hull Academy, Castleford, finished the campaign in second place and Wilson is wary of how much of a challenge it will be to overcome them on their home turf this evening.
"It will be a very tough game against Castleford tonight. They'll be tough to beat down at their place and they've been amongst the top of the league for most of the season," he said.
"But we're confident in our systems and the way that we've been going recently with a good winning run under our belts. That can give us plenty of confidence going into tonight.
"A lot of hard work has gone into this behind the scenes from a lot of great people and it would be great to see that pay off tonight by reaching the Grand Final."