Shenton linked with Castleford return

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CASTLEFORD Tigers coach Ian Millward has admitted an interest in bringing England centre Michael Shenton back to the Probiz Coliseum.

Shenton is halfway through a three-year contract at St Helens but is thought to have been given permission to talk to other clubs and Hull and Hull KR could both rival the Tigers for his signature.

“We’re in the market for any good centres and obviously he comes into that category but we’re not advanced in any talks with Michael,” said Millward.

“Our priority is to sign two centres and we’re very active in the market place.”

The Tigers are thought to be resigned to losing 20-year-old England Knights centre Joe Arundel, who is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move to Hull.

With Arundel currently injured, Millward has been forced to play second-rowers Brett Ferres and Lee Mitchell as makeshift three-quarters this year but he says he would be loathe to make any short-term signings, which would rule out a move for former Leeds and Great Britain centre Keith Senior.

Senior, who is keen to maintain his ever-present record in Super League going back to 1996, has been out of the game for more than 12 months with a knee injury but is nearing fitness.

“You never say never but I’ve only had one discussion with Keith and that was about two months ago,” Millward added.

“I told him when he’s ready to give us a ring and we’ll have a look at where we are with our stock. It’s up to Keith to prove his fitness first.

“I’d like to get through to the end of the year without having to bring anyone in. We lack a bit of depth in our outside backs but we’re not in a position to test drive a player.”

Millward has not ruled out a move for former St Helens centre Martin Gleeson, who will be free to join a club for the start of pre-season training in November after completing an 18-months drugs ban.

“He’s not a priority for us but he does come into that category of experienced centre,” he said.

“Martin has got to pick up the phone and also say he loves rugby league again. He’s a very talented player who I still think has a future in the game but he’s got to prepare himself to play rugby league again.”