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Webster set to begin comeback

Castleford centre Jake Webster will make his long-awaited return to action for York on Saturday.

The former New Zealand international has been on the sidelines for almost a year after suffering a serious knee injury last season.

Webster will now begin his competitive comeback in a Kingstone Press Championship 1 match at Hunslet after being given clearance to play for York on a dual registration.

Overseas players are generally not eligible for dual registration, but the Tigers have announced that the 30-year-old has been cleared by the Rugby Football League after being granted "indefinite leave to remain" in the country.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "It will be great to have him back. He's a high-quality player and he looks in good shape.

Going to deliver

"We need to manage him in the right way but when we get him on the field we know what he's going to deliver as he's a quality individual.

"Jake will put pressure on the centres but also on the back-rowers as well as playing him there is something that I'm considering."

Webster, capped eight times by the Kiwis from 2005-07, spent five seasons with Hull KR before joining the Tigers on a three-year contract ahead of the start of the 2013 season.

But he made just seven appearances for Castleford before suffering his knee injury in March last year.