Super League contenders Castleford Tigers have been hit by the news that two of their first team squad will miss the entire pre season after picking up injuries, hindering their preparations for next years title challenge.
England International Oliver Holmes (pictured) and prop forward Will Maher were both ruled out for three to four months with a shoulder injury and Pectoral injury respectifvley.
23 year old Holmes had recently returned from a touring Papua New Guinea with the England Knights, after being called up to make his full England debut against France at Leigh sports ground only hours before the tour left. The whole experience delayed the second rowers shoulder operation until his return, however the injury was a bit more serious than first thought and will therefore take longer to heal.
Speaking about Oliver’s injury the clubs Physio Matt Crowther told the clubs website;
“We got Oliver scanned and realised his shoulder was a little bit worse than we thought and he needed surgery on it. He is going to be missing for three to four months but we feel like as a club that this is the right time to do it and get him back for maybe a month into the season.
While Maher has also under gone surgery on his raptured pectoral muscle the injury isn’t as bad as first thought and he could be back training with the next 12 weeks.
Else were in Super League, new boys London Bronco’s have continued their recruitment ahead of their first season back in the top league by bringing in Newcastle Knights forward Luke Yates on a one year deal.
The 23 year old who can play either Prop or Loose forward has played 25 times for the NRL side that is coached by former Huddersfield and St Helens head coach Nathan Brown. Speaking to the club’s website Yates said;
“I am looking forward to meeting all the boys here and helping to keep the club in the top-level next season. I hope we can compete and shock a couple of those top teams.”