Monaghan set for Castleford debut this weekend

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has named his squad to take on Featherstone Rovers in their first pre-season friendly on Sunday – with a number of new faces set to debut.

Former Warrington captain Joel Monaghan will be handed his first appearance as a Castleford player, as will fellow new recruits Ryan Hampshire, Ben Crooks, Jy Hitchcox and Greg Minikin.

Two academy players, Declan Sheehan and Brandon Douglas, are also included, with young first teamers Will Maher, Tom Holmes, Keiran Gill, Ash Robson and Brandon Westeran all getting their chance to impress.

Castleford Tigers squad v Featherstone Rovers
Matt Cook, Ben Crooks, Brandon Douglas, Keiran Gill, Ryan Hampshire, Jy Hitchcox, Oliver Holmes, Tom Holmes, Lee Jewitt, Will Maher, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Adam Milner, Greg Minikin, Junior Moors, Joel Monaghan, Ben Roberts, Ash Robson, Declan Sheehan, Gadwin Springer, Jake Webster, Brandon Westerman.

Meanwhile, Fev have also named their squad for the game – with Michael Channing set to return to his former club after being named as part of Jon Sharp’s squad.

Louis Brown, Kyran Johnson, Michael Channing, Misi Taulapapa, Scott Turner, Anthony Thackeray, Will Milner, Darrell Griffin, Matty Wildie, Andy Rostock, Jamie Cording, Colton Roche, Jack Ormondroyd, Sam Day, Luke Cooper, Bradley Tagg , Jack Coventry, Steve Snitch, John Davies.