Gay's good news for Castleford

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Richard Gay, the Castleford full-back who has not played in the first team since damaging knee ligaments more than two months ago, is in contention for a place on the bench at home to Sheffield tomorrow.

Sheffield will have all three Fijians - full-back Waisale Sovatabua, winger Joe Dakuitoga and prop Mala Yasa - in their starting line-up for the first time. Bright Sodje (knee), Paul Dixon (ankle) and second row Andy Hay (hamstring) are all out injured, but Matt Crowther and Johnny Lawless could return as substitutes. The Eagles ended a six-match losing sequence at Castleford on New Year's Day. The 42-12 win was their first ever at Wheldon Road.

Halifax will have new Australian signing Johnny Brewer, who arrived from Parramatta in midweek, on the bench as they seek a third win in four games at home to Workington.

Workington, who drew 18-18 with Halifax at Derwent Park in May but have lost on their last five visits to Thrum Hall, have scrum-half Ian Watson, their new loan signing from First Division leaders Salford, among their substitutes.

London are likely to give a first start to the former Cambridge University skipper Adam Spencer at home to Leeds. He will play stand-off after a string of impressive second-team displays. The 23-year-old will be partnered by Kevin Langer, with Tulsen Tollett switched to centre and Leo Dynevor having to make do with a place on the bench. Ikram Butt will play on the left wing after recovering from a leg injury as the Broncos aim to create a slice of club history by completing their first League double against the Yorkshiremen.

Injury-hit Leeds, who are too close to the relegation zone for comfort, are set to give debuts to full-back Marcus St Hilaire, their recent signing from Huddersfield, and teenage centre Adam Hughes. The Yorkshire strugglers are still without utility back Francis Cummins (ankle) and also have injury doubts over Kevin Iro, Tony Kemp, Dean Clark, Adrian Morley and Mick Shaw.

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