RYAN McGoldrick is back in contention for a first team place for Castleford Tigers’ Super League clash with Leeds Rhinos tomorrow night.
The Australian utility back (pictured) is one of three changes made to the Tigers’ 19-man squad from the one that lost narrowly at St Helens on Monday.
Daryl Clark and Nathan Massey are also included with head coach Terry Matterson keen to examine all his options before deciding on which two eventually drop out for the local derby.
If he is selected it would be McGoldrick’s first appearance in a Tigers first team shirt since the end of last season as he has been out with a knee injury and was not considered for last week’s game with Wakefield for disciplinary reasons.
Matterson said the matter had now been “dealt with by the club” and McGoldrick’s selection would come down to if he thought he was ready after two comeback appearances in the under 20s side.
Prop forward Massey is also in the 19 for the first time this season after spending time on loan with York City Knights while young hooker Clark returns after being rested for the trip to St Helens.
Castleford are without three injured prop forwards in Craig Huby, Nick Fozzard and Jonathan Walker as well as winger Nick Youngquest and centre Willie Isa, but came out of the tough Easter double-header with no further fresh injuries apart from Huby’s.
“We’ve got a lot of bumps and bruises like everyone has at this time, but there’s no other new injuries,” said Matterson.
“It’s going to be tough backing up the Easter games with another game coming quickly on top, but we’re dusting ourselves off. We can whinge about it or just get on with it and go out there and get a win, which is what we’ll be trying to do against Leeds.”