FORMEr England forward Garreth Carvell has joined Castleford on loan for the rest of the season, who become his fourth Super League club in eight months.
The 33-year-old prop has struggled to establish himself in the Hull team following his early-season move from Bradford, making just seven appearances so far in his second spell in east Yorkshire, and is moving to the double-chasing Tigers on loan for the rest of the season.
Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: “Garreth is a very experienced front rower who will complement and strengthen our options during a critical point of the season.
“His experience as a tough international prop with real size and ability to break the defensive line is outstanding. I have worked with him before and I am confident he will fit into our system with ease.”
Carvell left Warrington after October’s Grand-Final defeat by Wigan and joined Bradford on a two-year deal.
However, when the Bulls ran into severe financial difficulties, Carvell pulled out of the move after playing in a pre-season friendly and instead signed a 12-month contract with Hull, with an option for 2015.
However, Hull have told Carvell that option will not now be taken up.
Hull football manager Motu Tony said: “Garreth is a good professional and has led by example in both his spells at the club.
“He has struggled for opportunities this year behind a number of bright young forwards that are developing at the club which is certainly the future for us and he understands that.
“A move to Castleford represents very good business for us and gives Garreth the chance to earn a new contract elsewhere, whilst it also takes a bit of pressure off our cap.”
Carvell has won the Tetley’s Challenge Cup four times as a player and he will be eligible to play in Castleford’s semi-final with Widnes on August 10.
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