CASTLEFORD Tigers coach Daryl Powell says new loan signing Garreth Carvell is out to prove a point – and earn a permanent deal for 2015.
The ex-England prop, 33, has joined from Hull FC until the end of the season but will not be retained at KC Stadium next year.
Carvell has endured a difficult time since leaving Warrington Wolves – where he won three Challenge Cups – after October’s Grand Final defeat to Wigan.
He initially joined Bradford Bulls on a two-year deal and played in a friendly but then, after they slipped into administration, left for former club Hull on the eve of the season in February.
However, Carvell has only played seven games for the Airlie Birds and their coach Lee Radford was happy to let him leave.
Powell said: “He‘s had a couple of injuries hasn’t he and he’s not quite got into the groove at Hull.
“They have a few front-rowers and we’ve got a couple injured in Ryan Boyle and Dan Fleming which has affected our ability to give people like Andy Lynch, Craig Huby and Grant Millington a breather.
“Gaz is a player I had a look at when he left Bradford – and I know him from his early days at Leeds too – but it didn’t quite work out. He’s a top quality player in his own right when he’s fit and healthy and from talking to him he’s really keen to stay at the top level for a few years yet. That’s the type of player we need.”
Furthermore, Powell admits there is “potentially” room for him to recruit another prop at Wheldon Road for next season.
Carvell wil train for the first time with his new team-mates today, but will not be considered for Sunday’s trip to St Helens.
Instead he is likely to debut in their home game versus Salfrod Red Devils a week tomorrow.
Michael Shenton, Daryl Clark, Andy Lynch and Marc Sneyd will all return at Saints, but Jake Webster remains doubtful and has seen a knee specialist this week.