Consistent forward Nathan Massey is set to return for Castleford Tigers for their opening Super Eights contest against Hull FC tomorrow night.
Massey has been one of the Tigers’ best forwards this year, but has missed the last three games with an ankle injury.
He is back in training now and ready to go again if he gets the nod, as seems likely, from head coach Daryl Powell to play against Hull.
Powell is also weighing up whether to select new hooker Paul McShane, but is not looking at making many changes despite Cas suffering a heavy defeat in their last match against Warrington.
He said: “Nathan Massey’s available again, which will obviously be good for us, so I’ve got a couple of tough decisions to make on who makes way for him.
“There won’t be too many changes, but there will probably be a couple in there.
“I have to decide whether to bring in Paul McShane.
“He’s fitted in pretty well and straight away he’s handled everything that’s been thrown at him.
“He’s worked hard for a couple of weeks and there’s a strong chance he’ll get an opportunity this week.
“Denny Solomona is still out and will be for another couple of weeks at least.
“There’s a few players who will get the benefit of the doubt from the last performance, but obviously I’ve got to make a decision on whether Nathan Massey starts, which will mean somebody will drop out of the starting line-up.
“I’ve also got to make a decision on a couple of other positions.”
Powell is looking forward to seeing what McShane can add to the team after his move in a swap deal involving Scott Moore and outlined the reason for signing him.
He added: “He’s a little bit different to the other two hookers we’ve had at the club this year.
“Obviously Scott Moore’s gone to Wakefield until the end of the season. Adz Milner is pretty sharp out of dummy-half and he’s been a really strong player for us this year.
“But Paul McShane’s got a kicking option, he’s pretty clever with the ball and he’s creative. I think he gives us a good contrast with what Adam Milner can deliver.
“There’s a real good mix in there and he’s a real clever player. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do for us.”