FEATHERSTONE ROVERS coach Andy Hay is hopeful former Super League star Garreth Carvell will be able to get through the rest of the season, after making his debut in the 36-12 win at Whitehaven two days ago.
Carvell, signed in the off-season from Castleford Tigers, has been struggling with a knee injury.
And Hay said: “He has still got it and he’s just waiting to see if he can play with it every week.
“He’s going to need surgery at some point, but we want to see if he can get through the season.”
Carvell, whose other previous clubs include Leeds Rhinos, Hull and Warrington Wolves, will be an asset for Rovers if he can get out on the field, Hay added.
“He went all right,” Hay said of the 35-year-old’s debut.
“He did 25 minutes either side of half-time. You know what you are going to get from him. He is a big lad, he carries the ball hard and he defends tough.
“We have been looking for that sort of player for a while, so hopefully he’ll be able to play a couple of games back-to-back.”
Australian half-back/hooker Sam Irwin could be available for Sunday’s home game against Workington Town.
Hay confirmed: “His biceps injury is not as bad as we thought and hopefully he will be back this week.”