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Giants rely on youth for Castleford trip

Huddersfield are set to bring in a trio of teenagers for Friday's trip to Castleford after losing skipper Danny Brough, full-back Scott Grix and utility forward David Faiumu to injury.

Danny Brough misses the clash through injury
Danny Brough misses the clash through injury Credit: Press Association

Brough, the reigning Super League Man of Steel, is the only player to have started all 20 of the Giants' matches this year but is facing a spell on the sidelines after picking up head and ankle injuries in the 36-10 home defeat by Salford last Saturday.

Scotland's World Cup captain left the field on the hour clutching his jaw after being the victim of a late and high tackle from Salford forward Lama Tasi.

Paul Anderson set to turn to youth
Paul Anderson set to turn to youth Credit: Press Association

Coach Paul Anderson is set to switch Luke Robinson back into the halves alongside Kyle Wood and give a first appearance of the season to 18-year-old hooker Kruise Leeming in the continuing absence of first-choice number nine Shaun Lunt with a nagging calf strain.

In the absence of Brough, second row forward Brett Ferres will captain the team against his old club and his England team-mate Leroy Cudjoe will take on the goal kicking duties.

In the absence of Brough, second row forward Brett Ferres will captain the team against his old club and his England team-mate Leroy Cudjoe will take on the goal kicking duties.

Castleford sign Samoa star Roberts

Castleford have announced the signing of Ben Roberts from Melbourne Storm on a two-year deal from the start of 2015.

Ben Roberts will move at the start of the 2015 season
Ben Roberts will move at the start of the 2015 season Credit: Press Association

The 28-year-old, who has played over 130 games in the NRL, will link up with the Tigers over the winter, with an option to stay for a third year at the end of his contract.

I heard nothing but good things about the club, and they came from people who had played there in the past." said Roberts, who represented Samoa in last year's World Cup.

Tigers coach Daryl Powell, who tried to get Roberts on board last year when he left the Parramatta Eels, was delighted to have finally got his man.

"I am delighted to sign Ben, who is a player we tried to sign last season before his move to Melbourne," Powell said.

"His qualities are ideally suited to the First Utility Super League in England, with his strength, speed and agility a massive part of his game. His left-footed kicking game is another aspect that will dovetail neatly into the squad for next year."


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Giants sign England youth captain to pro deal

Huddersfield have signed England youth captain Matthew English on a three-year professional contract.

English will play at the John Smiths Stadium
English will play at the John Smiths Stadium Credit: Press Association

English, 16, a front-row forward who plays for Wakefield amateur club Stanley Rangers, is following in the footsteps of last year's England youth skipper Liam Johnson, who has gone on to sign a full-time Super League contract with the Giants.

Huddersfield head of youth performance Andy Kelly said: "Matty had a number of academy options and we are delighted that he has chosen to further his development with the Huddersfield Giants."

Leeds secure teenager Walters on three-year deal

Leeds have rewarded teenage forward Josh Walters for his impressive start to his Super League career with a new three-year contract.

Josh Walters signs new Rhinos deal
Josh Walters signs new Rhinos deal Credit: Press Association

Walters, 19, who made the switch from rugby union just over a year ago, has scored two tries in his four appearances so far and is set to continue his run against Wakefield on Friday night.

"It is fantastic to have agreed a new long-term contract with the club," Walters said.

"It was always a goal for me when I came over from Leeds Carnegie to earn a full-time contract but I cannot believe how well things have worked out for me."

Leeds coach Brian McDermott said: "Josh has been superb over the last year and thoroughly deserves his new contract.

"I am sure he will continue to develop and this is another great example of how the management of the club are looking to secure the long-term future of our club."

Sinfield to return for Wildcats clash

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield has been named in the 19 man squad to face Wakefield Wildcats on Friday.

Sinfield to return for Wildcats clash
Sinfield to return for Wildcats clash Credit: Press Association

The 33-year-old missed Sunday's victory over Catalan Dragons.

The Rhinos will be without Carl Ablett (shoulder) and Mitch Achurch (groin) who both picked up injuries in Sunday's dramatic win.

They join Ian Kirke (concussion), Jamie Jones-Buchanan (calf), Chris Clarkson (Achilles), Rob Burrow (collar bone) and Zak Hardaker (suspension) on the sidelines.

Head Coach Brian McDermott has recalled youngsters Robbie Ward and Elliot Minchella to the squad whilst Luke Briscoe could feature against the team he played for on loan at the start of the current season.

Pryce and Sneyd to join Hull FC

Leon Pryce

Hull have completed a double swoop for half-backs Leon Pryce and Marc Sneyd for 2015.

The 32-year-old Pryce, who is out of contract with Catalan Dragons at the end of the season, has signed a two-year deal, while Hull have agreed a £100,000 transfer fee with Salford for the 22-year-old Sneyd, who is currently on a season-long loan at Castleford.

Sneyd, who recently had a transfer request rejected by the Red Devils, has signed a three-year contract with the Black and Whites, with an option to extend the deal.

Pryce - a former Great Britain stand-off - has won 24 international caps and is thought to have fielded offers from Wakefield and Featherstone as well his home-town club Bradford but has opted to team up with his old Bulls team-mate Lee Radford, the Hull head coach.

Marc Sneyd

Castleford were keen to retain the services of Sneyd, who has been a revelation in their outstanding season, but are thought to have baulked at the size of the transfer fee demanded by Salford.

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