Castleford Tigers won’t rush Hudson back

Ryan Hudson in match action. PIC: PA
Ryan Hudson in match action. PIC: PA
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CASTLEFORD Tigers coach Terry Matterson sees no need to rush injured hooker Ryan Hudson back into action.

Hudson has not played since damaging a shoulder early in the Engage Super League round one win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats more than a month ago.

Matterson is due to name his initial 19 for Sunday’s game at Bradford Bulls this afternoon, but said former captain Hudson will not feature.

Teenage hookers Adam Milner and Daryl Clark have both been in impressive form and Matterson said: “Razz (Hudson) is not going to be available.

“We want to make sure we get it right. He is not into contact yet, though he could be available next week.

“It is not a concern, it is a muscular thing, but we don’t have to rush him back or push him – the guys who are in there are doing a good job.”

Utility-player Ryan McGoldrick also remains sidelined. He has not played this season due to a knee problem and Matterson said: “He is still coming along, he is still in re-hab and I don’t know when he will be available.

“We want to get him 100 per cent fit.”

Meanwhile, forward Craig Huby – Tigers’ longest-serving player – has signed a three-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until the end of 2014.

The 24-year-old made his debut in 2003 and has played 160 games for Cas, scoring 39 tries and 127 goals

Matterson said: “I’m really pleased and I think all of the fans should be as well.

“It would have been madness if we had lost Craig as I think his best rugby is in front of him and I’ve no doubt he’ll play some representative football down the line.

“He’ll be the cornerstone of our pack for many years.”

Huby said: “Playing for Castleford is something I always wanted to do as a kid and I wanted to show them how loyal I am. Now I’m focusing on kicking on with the club.

“I have never wanted to go anywhere else. ”

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