CASTLEFORD Tigers forward Jake Emmitt will make his comeback in Friday’s pre-season home match against Huddersfield Giants.
Emmitt (pictured) has been out of action for six months since he sustained a knee injury in a 26-16 defeat at Wigan Warriors last July.
It initially seemed unlikely he would be fit for the start of the 2012 season but he has now been given the go ahead to play again.
Tigers coach Ian Millward believes Emmitt’s speedier than expected recovery has much to do with the professionalism of the player and the work of Ben Stirling, the club’s new physiotherapist.
Said Millward: “I’m delighted to have Jake back at this stage. We thought for a long time he’d be touch and go for the start of the season, but he’s worked hard, trained really well and I’m very impressed with the way he is going about his business.
“Jake now lives with our physio Ben Stirling. They were both working together on his recovery before he (Stirling) joined us at the start of pre season. Obviously each injury is different, but this is a major reason why we have been able to fast track him a little bit. It’s a credit to both of them that Jake is ready as early as our second friendly.”
Millward will name his line-up for the Huddersfield match tomorrow (Tuesday) following training. Already he has confirmed first choice halfbacks Rangi Chase and Danny Orr will play from the start and that he will play his strongest available team.