Tigers take Carvell on loan
Former England forward Garreth Carvell has joined Castleford Tigers, who become his fourth First Utility Super League club in eight months.
The 33-year-old prop has struggled to establish himself in the Hull FC team following his early-season move from Bradford Bulls, 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 Wolves after October's Grand Final defeat by Wigan Warriors 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.
Hull have now told Carvell that option will not 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.
Meanwhile, Castleford stand-off Mark Sneyd looks certain to return to Salford next season after the Red Devils confirmed they received and rejected a written transfer request from him.
Sneyd, 23, who has found the form of his life during his loan spell with the Tigers, still has 18 months left on his contract with Salford, whose coach Iestyn Harris wants to make him part of his plans for 2015.
Salford chief executive Martin Vickers said: "We have made very clear to Marc that our intention was for him to play out the remainder of his contract at the AJ Bell Stadium as he remains an integral part of our plans moving forward.
"The club has no intentions of changing its position and we all need to move past this and look forward to the exciting squad we are assembling for next season and beyond."