Veteran forward Carvell joins Tigers on loan

Veteran England prop Garreth Carvell.
Veteran England prop Garreth Carvell.

Castleford Tigers have signed veteran England prop Garreth Carvell on loan for the remainder of the season.

Carvell has won the Tetley’s Challenge Cup four times as a player and he will be eligible to play in Castleford’s semi-final with Widnes Vikings on August 10.

The Tigers are 33-year-old Carvell’s fourth Super league club in the last eight months.

He has joined them from Hull FC where has struggled to establish himself following his early-season move from Bradford. He has madeg just seven appearances so far in his second spell in east Yorkshire.

Tigers coach Daryl Powell said: “Garreth is a very experienced front rower who will complement and strengthen our options during a critical point of the season.

“His experience as a tough international prop with real size and ability to break the defensive line is outstanding. I have worked with him before and I am confident he will fit into our system with ease.”

Carvell left Warrington after October’s Grand-Final defeat by Wigan and joined Bradford on a two-year deal.

However, when the Bulls ran into severe financial difficulties, Carvell pulled out of the move after playing in a pre-season friendly and instead signed a 12-month contract with Hull, with an option for 2015.

However, Hull have told Carvell that option will not now be taken up.

Hull football manager Motu Tony said: “Garreth is a good professional and has led by example in both his spells at the club.

“He has struggled for opportunities this year behind a number of bright young forwards that are developing at the club which is certainly the future for us and he understands that.

“A move to Castleford represents very good business for us and gives Garreth the chance to earn a new contract elsewhere, whilst it also takes a bit of pressure off our cap.”