Castleford Tigers winger Jason Qareqare has joined Championship outfit Whitehaven on loan.
Qareqare, 18, has made nine Super League appearances since his debut in 2021. He has made a six appearances this season, including the recent win over Warrington at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
He has scored eight tries to date.
Whitehaven head coach Jonty Gorley said: “We have been and still are, a bit too thin on the ground for outside-backs for my liking to see us through this next couple of month and out of the ones I’ve got there’s two or three carrying knocks.
“So to be able to bring someone of Jasons’ calibre in will boost the squad in that area. It will bring in competition for places too so players can’t just turn up. They’ve got to turn up and perform well unless they won’t be playing the following week.
“Jason Qareqare scorched into Super League scoring a great try on debut while he was still at school. He has pace to burn and comes with good wraps off Castleford, being able to play wing and full-back. He’s still only young and playing Championship, he’ll gain some valuable experience to take back to Cas with him.”
Castleford youngster Cain Robb also returns to the side on loan. The hooker has made seven appearances for the club in 2022.
Gorley added: “To get Cain back for a month or two is great news. As everyone knows Cain was just getting into his stride when the loan period ended.
“Each game he played he was getting better and better. He was doing long minutes, put in situations where I couldn’t spell him off because of injuries but that said it didn’t take any quality away from what he was producing for us.
“Attack and defence, Cain was at the forefront of what we were doing. On top of all that Cain is a great kid, it’s good to have him back with us.”