Castleford’s 19-man squad for Huddersfield game

Lee Gilmour, back in the Castleford squad. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK
Lee Gilmour, back in the Castleford squad. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK

Castleford Tigers head coach Ian Millward has made several changes to his 19-man squad that faces Huddersfield Giants at the Wish Communications Stadium on Saturday.

Ryan Boyle could be in line to make his second debut for the Tigers after he joined from Salford City Reds on an 18-month deal. He replaces Jake Emmitt who joined the Reds as part of the same deal.

Lee Gilmour is included in the squad to face the side he joined the Tigers from, as are Richard Owen and Jamie Ellis who were missing from the initial 19-man squad for the visit to St Helens on Easter Monday.

Meanwhile, Justin Carney serves the first of his two-match suspension he was dealt for committing a Grade C, dangerous throw offence during the game against St Helens.

Jake Webster is missing with a knee injury that will be scanned next week before a definitive timescale can be put on his return.

Steve Nash and Kirk Dixon are omitted due to a calf injury and virus respectively while Grant Millington remains out with an ankle injury picked up in the match against Wakefield.

Ian Millward has said that the spirit around the camp is positive going into the match against Huddersfield and that the Tigers are still waiting to see how long Webster will be out for.

“The spirit off the field is good, the interaction between the players and staff is good. The Friday result knocked our confidence; the performance was flat and we got knocked around the middle of the park.

“There a couple of key areas that we need to improve from the two Easter games and we need to improve them against Huddersfield.

“Jake Webster injured his shoulder in the Hull KR game and complained about his knee being sore. But after a couple of days his shoulder was OK but we had to take him for a scan because his knee had swelled up. He may need some non-surgical rehabilitation or he may need surgery.

“We’ll have to see [how long he’ll be out for] because we’ve got to do another scan. There’s a possibility that he could play for a month and see how it is but then he would have to have the operation six months down the track. So we’re in the lap of the Gods with that one.”

Castleford’s 19-man squad against Huddersfield:

1 Richard Owen

3 Michael Shenton

6 Rangi Chase

7 Jamie Ellis

8 Jonathan Walker

9 Daryl Clark

10 Craig Huby

11 Lee Gilmour

12 Weller Hauraki

15 Adam Milner

16 Nathan Massey

17 Oliver Holmes

18 Jordan Thompson

19 Jordan Tansey

22 Dan Fleming

23 James Clare

24 Charlie Martin

25 Keith Mason

27 Ryan Boyle

Castleford Tigers v Huddersfield tickets remain available to buy from the club’s Carlton Lanes shop until 12 noon on Saturday or online at www.castigers.com until 4:30pm Friday (collection only). Alternatively, call 01977 555336.