Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell has confirmed that Lee Jewitt has played his last game for the Tigers after revealing his season has been cut short due to injury.
Jewitt injured his knee ligaments during last weekend’s victory against Wigan, and will now not play again in 2016.
With the forward set for a move to Australia at the end of this season, it means he has played for Castleford for the final time.
“He’ll be done for the year sadly,” Powell said. “He’s done his knee ligaments, his MCL.
“He started the season like a house on fire and he came back like a house on fire. He’s had some good games, but he just hasn’t been able to put a consistent run together.
“It’s been really tough for him. Obviously he wouldn’t have wanted it to finish that way so it’s really disappointing and frustrating for him and I feel for him.”
Jewitt will be one of just a handful of replacements in Castleford’s team to face Warrington on Saturday – with Powell admitting he’s hardly anyone to bring back in to freshen things up, and also that he doesn’t see the need for many changes as it is.
“We’ve lost Lee Jewitt so he’ll be gone; Paddy Flynn will come back into the squad. I’m not sure I’d make that many changes anyway because of the belief and confidence within the group at the moment,” Powell said.
And the Tigers boss is also eyeing up a fifth-placed finish as they aim to continue their winning start to the Super 8s at Warrington on Saturday.
“To finish fifth it would be a massive achievement,” he said.