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With Halifax due at the Jungle this Sunday, Castleford Tigers boss Graham Steadman is calling for Tigers fans to get behind his team as they embark on the run in to the season and the challenge to make the top-six play off's.
Even including last week's loss at Bradford, when they had a very depleted line up, the Tigers have been playing some good football recently in a run which has pitted them against the current top five in the table. And Steadman said: ?Our fans vociferous support can be invaluable to the boys, especially when things are tight. It would also be nice if the fans reaction were more influential on decisions as sometimes seems to be the case on our travels!?
And ahead of the Halifax game (KO 3.00pm) Steadman has named a 19-man squad, which sees the possible return from injury of BJ Mather, Nathan Sykes and Michael Eagar and the return from suspension of the July Opta player of the month Michael Smith.
Steadman said: ?Mike Smith might have benefited from a week off, although he is keen to get back into action. Things are looking a lot healthier this week on the injury front although we still have a number of absentee?s, but Andy Johnson and Mark Lennon should be back in contention next week. But the youngsters did well and a couple of the Academy boys, Tommy Saxton and Adam Thaler keep their place in the squad.?
The Tigers squad to face Halifax is:
Darren Rogers, Tommy Saxton, Jon Wells, Waine Pryce, Michael Eagar, BJ Mather, Danny Orr, Mitch Healey, Adam Thaler.
Nathan Sykes, Kyle Warren, Adrian Rainey, Andy Lynch, Michael Smith, Dale Fritz, Lee Harland, Wayne Bartrim, Wayne Godwin and Ryan Hudson.