Castleford have sent two more of their new signings out on loan for the start of the 2018 season, with Garry Lo and Cory Aston returning to their old club Sheffield Eagles.
Winger Lo, who scored 37 tries for the Eagles in 2017 and starred for Papua New Guinea in the World Cup, and half-back Aston – son of Sheffield director of rugby Mark Aston – have signed a month’s loan with the Betfred Championship club, with an option to extend.
Both players featured for Castleford in their pre-season trial matches and will continue to train with their parent club but, like former Hull KR forward Mitch Clark who on Tuesday moved on loan to Featherstone, are not being considered for Friday’s opening Betfred Super League game at St Helens, which is live on Sky Sports Action.
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said: “Both Garry and Cory have been working hard within our environment and this loan period will give them an opportunity to get game time under their belts in the Championship.
“I look forward to seeing them play for Sheffield with a view to them putting pressure on our first team players in the near future.”
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Mark Aston said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring in Cory and Garry. The key thing is they know our systems very well – both were part of this club for some time and will go straight into contention for Friday’s night match against Dewsbury.
“Garry was absolutely outstanding at the World Cup and had NRL clubs interested in him which shows what he can become if he continues to develop. He and Cory are in a great environment at Castleford under the likes of Daryl and Ryan Sheridan and will be a big boost for us over the next month.”
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Meanwhile, Powell has included new signing Joe Wardle and teenager Jake Trueman in his 19-man squad for the trip to Saints, with the latter expected to get the nod over Jamie Ellis to partner Luke Gale at half-back.
“Jake Trueman has had an outstanding pre-season,” said Powell. “He’s played well in our warm-up games and he’s been awesome in training so he could get an opportunity on Friday night.”