Castleford rocked by huge injury blow to Niall Evalds

Drew Darbyshire
Niall Evalds Castleford Tigers SWpix rugby league

Castleford coach Lee Radford says full-back Niall Evalds will play no further part in 2022 after suffering a shoulder injury.

The England international left the field in the first half of their 35-22 win over Warrington on Sunday.

And Radford has now revealed that his shoulder injury will keep him out for the rest of the season.

Radford said: “I think it would be an absolute push for him to make the play-offs, but I think his season is pretty much done.

“It is just another uppercut after the one two weeks prior with Rocky (Ryan Hampshire) and the week prior with Truey (Jake Trueman).

“Injuries seem to be coming thick and fast at the moment. Niall is a really big player for us and the try he scored epitomises his game. It is disappointing for us.”


Full-back options for Castleford after Niall Evalds injury

Castleford have plenty of options to cover the full-back role for their trip to Hull on Friday night. Greg Eden, Jake Mamo, Jason Qareqare and Gareth O’Brien can all play in the number one role.

Eden only signed a contract extension with the Tigers last week. He has signed a new deal for next season, with the option to stay for 2024.

Radford said: “I’m really pleased Greg will be staying with us. To get him tied down and locked in is great.

“He made it clear he was keen to stay as well. I think his try-scoring record for a winger is phenomenal. I’ve really enjoyed working with him since I’ve come into the club.”

Radford also revealed that Jamaica international Jordan Turner is around “three or four” weeks away from returning to action.

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