Luke Gale is in line to return to the Castleford Tigers team for Sunday’s game at Wakefield Wildcats after missing the trip to Hull through illness.
Scrum-half Gale has been a key player for the Tigers this season following his move from Bradford Bulls and is one of Super League’s top scorers with six tries, 65 goals and one drop-goal so far.
Castleford boss Daryl Powell is pleased to be able to call on his services again for the trip to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, but elsewhere does not expect to make many changes to the team that lost narrowly at Hull FC last Sunday.
He told the Express: “Luke Gale didn’t play last week and he’ll be available again.
“Luke Gale was ill. He missed some training last week and he couldn’t play. It wouldn’t have been great for him taking the field.
“He’s been a good player for us, but it wasn’t just a case of missing him (at Hull).
“We were down on our energy across our team. Quite a few of the boys were off it in terms of their energy levels and intensity for large parts of the game.
“I wouldn’t put it down to Luke being out, but obviously he’s been playing well and him being back in the side will be helpful to us.
“Jake Webster needs checking and we’ll see how he is. He got a knock to his head and had to come off last week and we’ll check on him.
“But there won’t be too many changes.
“There’ll be potentially one or two, but pretty much we’ll be as we were.
“Nathan Massey’s out for another couple of weeks. He may come back against Warrington, but more than likely it will be in the Super-Eights.
Powell will be looking for an improved display from his players after a poor second half at Hull.
He said: “It was really disappointing.
“I don’t think we were fantastic in the first half, but we looked really threatening with the ball and we gave ourselves a great chance of winning.
“But in the second half we were just poor in all aspects of our performance.
“We didn’t really have any energy and we didn’t give ourselves a chance.
“We started the second half poorly, gave Hull a route back in and then just came up with consistent errors, which hurt us.
“We just need to re-energise and move on, but obviously it was really disappointing we didn’t take the chance that was in front of us.”
Powell was able to take a positive out of the game with the way his players kept going and almost snatched victory late on.
He added: “We nearly got something out of nothing at the end. But it would have been a little bit of a travesty if we’d won it. I thought Hull deserved to win the game, based on their second half performance.
“But the fact you can you do that when you need something at the end is something we’ve shown a couple of times this year and it ends up being pretty important that you know you can do that when it comes to the massive games at the back end of the season.”