MARTIN ASPINWALL could make his Castleford debut against former club Huddersfield in Saturday’s Super League XVI clash at the PROBIZ Stadium (6.00).
But his first run-out for the Tigers is likely to come at the expense of another former Giant, Steve Snitch.
The back-row forward has been banned for one match by Rugby Football League disciplinary chiefs for a foul tackle on Wakefield’s Paul Johnson during his side’s 40-20 win over the Wildcats at the Millennium Stadium as part of Magic Weekend.
That makes Aspinwall, who has made a successful switch from a winger to a back-row forward under Giants head coach Nathan Brown over the past two years, a natural replacement for Snitch.
And it’s likely Aspinwall could be joined in Saturday’s line-up by yet another old Giants face in prop Nick Fozzard, who missed out on making his Castleford debut last weekend after suffering a groin strain an hour before kick-off.
Snitch, meanwhile, was one of several players to be banned in the wake of the opening weekend of the season.
Others to pick up suspensions included new Wigan prop Jeff Lima, who is out for two matches after being found guilty of two charges of making dangerous contact with opponents with so-called “chicken-wing” tackles in his side’s 16-16 draw with St Helens, and former Wigan hooker Wayne Godwin.
He was also banned for two matches on his debut for Salford after being found guilty of running in and punching Crusaders captain Clinton Schifcofske at the end of his side’s 42-12 defeat.
And Wakefield centre Aaron Murphy was given a two-match ban for a dangerous throw in the Castleford match but was hoping to overturn the verdict on appeal before the Wildcats set off to France tomorrow for their match against Catalan on Saturday.
The Wildcats are certain to be under-strength for the game, having now lost Dale Ferguson (Giants), Sam Obst (Hull) and Daryl Millard (Catalans) in transfers completed by the administrators currently running the club.