TWO players could make their Super League debuts at Castleford on Sunday.
New Zealand Test hooker David Faiumu is battling for a place in the Giants’ 17 after finally arriving at his new club at the start of the week.
And the Tigers have already confirmed their new arrival, Mitchell Sargent, will feature at The Jungle this weekend.
Prop Sargent also arrived earlier in the week after completing his move from top Australian NRL club Newcastle Knights.
Like Faiumu, his arrival was also delayed because of paperwork, but Castleford coach Terry Matterson has made it clear he plans to give him a Sunday run if at all possible.
“I’ve coached Mitchell before with Melbourne Storm for quite a few years and he has plenty of experience,” said Matterson.
“He has played in the NRL for about six years and been at three top clubs in Melbourne Storm, North Queensland Cowboys and Newcastle Knights.
“He is big and strong and has good skill.
“He will certainly be in our 19-man squad for Sunday’s game, and will have a full week of preparation and a chance to settle in and meet the boys.
“He already feels part of the team and is an easygoing guy. He is really jumping out of his skin to play on Sunday because he’s waited six weeks to come over and so is really excited at the prospect of finally playing for the Tigers.”
Meanwhile, Paul Cooke’s future at Hull KR remains in doubt after he was left out of their squad to face Catalans Dragons tomorrow.
The 27-year-old was dropped from the Rovers side for their last match against Hull FC for disciplinary reasons, with coach Justin Morgan refusing to rule out the possibility he would never play for the club again.