WATCH - Super League: Young guns waiting in the wings for injury-hit Castleford Tigers

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CASTLEFORD Tigers will not be looking to replace Garry Lo in their Super League squad.

The Papua New Guinea winger left at the weekend after his “representative” asked for him to be released just six months into a two-year deal.

Pragmatic Castleford head coach Daryl PowelL. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Pragmatic Castleford head coach Daryl PowelL. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Lo, who signed from Sheffield Eagles over the winter, wanted to be able to “focus on a personal matter.”

He has not featured since voluntarily assisting the police with an inquiry last month and he made just one appearance, scoring on his Super League debut at Wigan Warriors.

Castleford are without fellow wingers Greg Eden (hamstring) and James Clare (broken leg) due to injuries but asked if he would be moving into the transfer market to replace Lo, Powell said: “No, we won’t be.

“We’ve got some good young wingers in Tuoyo Egodo and Kieran Gill.

Tigers winger, Tuoyo Egodo.

Tigers winger, Tuoyo Egodo.

“So we have a couple of players there who we can call on.”

Former England centre Michael Shenton has been playing on the wing and was also used as an emergency full-back when Jake Trueman (concussion) was injured during the weekend’s 36-12 loss at Hull FC.

He could feature there again if Trueman does not pass his return-to-play protocols in time for Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup sixth-round tie against St Helens but Powell hopes both he and prop Grant Millington will negotiate those tests successfully.

Winger Jy Hitchcox is set for a return from a loan spell at Bradford, and Kiwi centre Jake Webster is back in the frame but the Castleford coach knows how difficult the televised game will be against the rampant Super League leaders.

Cas winger, 'Kieran Gill. PIC: Steve Riding

Cas winger, 'Kieran Gill. PIC: Steve Riding

Powell said: “We are going through a tough patch at the moment from an injury perspective and they’re not your fringe players – they’re key ones.

“We know Luke Gale is out for a while, Ben Roberts is out, Greg Eden’s been a big miss for us and then last week we get blokes knocked out having to come off the field as well.

“But Jake Webster does come back into the squad and hopefully we don’t pick anything else up along the way.

“It will be a tough challenge. Even with everyone fit it will be a tough challenge against St Helens considering the way they’re going. They are on fire at the minute.”

On teenager Trueman, Powell added: “He’ll be okay.

“He gets some issues with migraine and he was in some discomfort so we couldn’t put him back on. But I thought Shenny played really well at full-back so he could potentially get a chance there against Saints.

“I picked him there in 2013 against Widnes and he did all right. We had a few full-back options at that time but we’re a bit thin on them at the moment!”

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