FOLLOWING the signing of Australian James Grehan Castleford Tigers are unlikely to keep teenage outside back Ryan Shaw (pictured) beyond his month on loan.
Shaw will return to Warrington after playing twice for Cas, coming on as substitute in the pre-season friendly against Huddersfield and starting on the wing in last Sunday’s game at Wakefield.
Head coach Ian Millward has been impressed with the 19-year-old in training, but revealed that he was not looking to take up the option of retaining the player’s services beyond the initial deal.
He said: “Ryan Shaw tried very hard against Wakefield. He’s only a young kid and he’s got a lot of potential. The same goes for James Clare, who also came on.
“We probably won’t take up the option with Ryan, only because we’ve brought Jimmy Grehan on board.
“We’re hopeful also that Nick Youngquest will be back on board some time in February so we’ll have more outside backs to choose from.”
Millward will be keeping an eye on the youngsters who have come through the Castleford academy when the under 20s play their second warm-up game in the annual match against York on Sunday (kick-off 3pm).
The Tigers team will be bolstered by several players who have featured in the recent first team matches as well as new Australian signing, Grehan, who will make his first appearance for the club.
Included in the squad are Jordan Thompson, John Davies, James Clare and Nathan Massey, who had to pull out of last Sunday’s match at Wakefield because of the birth of his child.
It will be the last chance for all the players to impress the coach before he picks the 17 for the opening Super League game at Salford the week after.