Huddersfield ace Chris McQueen reveals his personal red devils ahead of Salford clash
CHRIS McQueen hopes to be the Red Devils’ play-off pain after revealing he is tormented by some of his own – tomatoes.
That is not ketchup, pizza or pasta sauce or salsa but the actual thing.
Huddersfield back rower McQueen has been so good this season, his performances put him in this year’s Super League Dream Team.
But when it comes to whole tomatoes, he turns to mush – almost as mushy as the item he despises.
McQueen admitted: “I just don’t like them! Some people don’t like eggs, some don’t like olives. I can’t be doing with tomatoes.
“My dad always used to be on at me when I was younger, saying, ‘It’s so good for you. This and that – blah, blah, blah.’
“It’s the texture, they’re slimy. It’s everything about them. I love things made with tomatoes but a raw one as it is, nah – not for me.”
Food stuff aside, McQueen has the serious business of putting third-placed Huddersfield one game from the Grand Final on Saturday.
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The match is already set up as Giants boss Ian Watson left hometown club Salford – he still leaves three doors from Red Devils’ director Ian Blease.
There is a chance there could be as many away fans as home ones as the sixth-placed side look to head to St Helens in the semi-final.
But McQueen is targeting a Challenge Cup final rematch at Wigan, one which he hopes has a different result.
The Australia-born ace – who qualifies for England through father Kevin, who hails from the Leyton area of London – won the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match in a 16-14 loss.
But the Giants’ on field progress is not matched by packed stands, which is a disappointment to everyone at the club.
And McQueen, 35, added: “There would be nothing worse than losing out on two major trophies in a year, that would be disappointing.
“We were really unlucky in the cup final but we proved to ourselves and others that we can compete in those big games.
“But you talk about Huddersfield being the birthplace of rugby league – it’s on the badge – and we’re not struggling financially, it probably does beg the question, ‘Why hasn’t it been more successful?’
“However, we can’t change the past, we can only change the future. That’s in our hands.
“It’s not been a bad year with the Dream Team selection but everything I’ve achieved and we’ve achieved doesn’t mean a whole lot if we can’t go on with the job and be successful and competitive in the finals.
“If we want to win it, we’re going to have to win three games. We have to make sure we show up and our attitude is on – that finals mentality has been in place for a couple of weeks already, though.
“And we’re really confident we can be competitive.”