Castleford to give Sargent his stripes

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Castleford are shedding one Australian forward to make space for another as they try to get away from the foot of Super League. The Tigers have succeeded in getting a work permit for Mitchell Sargent, the prop they have signed on a two-and-a-half-year deal from the Newcastle Knights. He will arrive next week and could make his debut against Wigan next Sunday.

Cas are releasing Tom Haberecht, who joined them on a one-year contract at the start of this season, but who has made only five first-team appearances, three of them as a substitute. The club had hoped to obtain an import quota exemption for Haberecht, because of his British antecedents, but have failed to do so.

Both St Helens and Bradford are delving deep into their reserves for tonight's game at Knowsley Road. With Jason Cayless and Chris Flannery joining the list of injured, Saints' coach, Daniel Anderson, has named the 18-year-old part-timer, Gareth Frodsham, and another teenage forward, Sam Thompson.

The Bulls have called up the hooker, Keal Carlile, and the full-back, Kieran Hyde, for possible debuts. Among more experienced players, he has Semi Tadulala and Chris Feather in line to return to a side that has lost its last three games.

Aaron Gorrell will return at hooker for the Catalan Dragons, at home to Wigan tomorrow. The same evening, Jamie Peacock will return for Leeds at Harlequins after recovering from an infected arm. Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook could make his comeback for Quins, but in-form winger, Rikki Sheriffe, has a leg injury.