JAMES Feather is still ruled out after missing the defeat to Whitehaven a fortnight ago as the Cougars prepare for Sunday's trip to face Newcastle Thunder.

Feather is joined on the sidelines by Hamish Barnes, while both Vinny Finigan and Gavin Reed drop out of the 19-man squad.

Sean Kelly (paternity leave) returns after a month of being unavailable for selection, with Josh Lynam also back following an internal disciplinary matter.

Neil Cherryholme and Liam Darville are also brought into the squad to face Newcastle in the League One Super Eights clash.

Cougars squad: Harry Aaronson, Andy Gabriel, Davey Dixon, Matty Beharrell, Josh Lynam, Brendon Rawlins, Mike Emmett, Adam Brook, Neil Cherryholme, Nathan Conroy, Josh Tonks, Matthew Bailey, Ritchie Hawkyard, Liam Darville, Ben Sagar, Sean Kelly, Brad Nicholson, Adam Ryder, Trae O'Sullivan.