Carvell back at Hull
Hull FC have confirmed the signing of prop Garreth Carvell for a second time and named him in their squad for their opening First Utility Super League match of the season against Catalan Dragons at the KC Stadium on Friday.
The 32-year-old joined Bradford Bulls on a two-year contract from Warrington Wolves in the close season but played only one trial match for the Bulls before seeking a move.
Carvell, who made 164 appearances for the Airlie Birds from 2001-08 including two Challenge Cup finals and the 2006 Grand Final, returns to East Yorkshire on an initial one-year contract with an option for a further 12 months.
Lee Radford has also included his other new signings, Mickey Paea, Feka Paleaaesina, Jordan Rankin, Fetuli Talanoa and Jordan Thompson, in his 19-man squad for his first game as head coach but former Wigan Warriors forward Chris Tuson is sidelined through injury.
The long-serving Richard Horne is vying with Jacob Miller as the half-back partner for Rankin.
Catalan Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous has left out veteran Kiwi Brent Webb, with Morgan Escare preferred at full-back, and Damien Cardace is set to make his first Super League appearance for two years on the wing.
Another former New Zealand international, second rower Louis Anderson, remains on compassionate leave down under but the Dragons are set to give debuts to former Wigan prop Jeff Lima and Australian centre Ben Pomeroy.