Argument levels at Castleford have passed through the roof and now Joe Westerman and Liam Watts are back together.
One said, ‘Today is Friday,’ the other disagreed. One lifted more than the other in the gym, the other claimed they did.
But the brothers in the rowing team will bring more to each other because the 2022 Super League season is more like a child’s game.
That will see the tigers roar louder under new boss Lee Radford – almost louder as they roar at each other.
“It’s unchanged,” said the Watts supporter, who teased his loved one about a new tracksuit, asking if it had been purchased from a pre-worn vintage store.
“If I say today is Friday, he swears it is Saturday but it is business as usual. It’s like he’s never gone far.
“We live in the same neighborhood as the kids and go to the same school. We started here when we were 15 or 16 – hopefully now, we can end our careers where it all started. ”
Loose striker Westerman added: “We’ve been playing rugby together since we were eight or nine years old.
“I just switched to him now, so when I hear him, it just goes straight in one ear and out the other.
“Even if Liam lifts more in the gym, I assume he can’t. It’s like Step Brothers movie now! ”
Watts and Westerman are part of the mighty Castleford Airedale football team, which has won nearly every national cup.
They then played together at amateur side Lock Lane before both progressing through Castleford’s youth ranks and into the first team.
Westerman was considered a bright new character when he debuted at the age of 16 – but after 11 years have passed, another version has returned.
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Now, after their time together at Hull FC in 2015, they are ready to make it happen together for their hometown club, which certainly means more.
Westerman, 32, added: “I wish I knew then what I know now. I found it a little easier, now I’m older because I know more about the game – when I was younger, I just accepted it.
“I rely solely on dexterity rather than knowing what to do with the hard work from the gym, like the stuff in the gym.
“Now it’s about making sure I stay strong, then when we play I’ll make things a little easier and not be as erratic as before.
“It’s pretty much the case, ‘Where do I sign?’ I always say I want to come back here but I only have a few good years left in me.
“When I get the chance, it’s the case, ‘Let me in and get started.'”
And Watts, the 31-year-old who is married to Westerman’s sister Beth, admits: “He handled our ball very loosely forward, so it was nice to have someone on the team that Everyone can run.
“That will definitely help us this year and take some of the pressure off me, allowing me to do other things. Being together will definitely bring more benefits to us as players.
“Joe could have gone elsewhere but when he said he had a chance it made the most sense to come here.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17626545/suoer-league-castleford-tigers-liam-watts-joe-westerman/ Brother-in-law Joe Westerman and Liam Watts are back together at Castleford