EMMERSON Whittel makes a long-awaited return to the Keighley Cougars squad following serious injury.

Whittel suffered cruciate knee ligament damage in July last year and had to undergo an operation.

The forward is fit again and included in Craig Lingard's squad, who host Newcastle Thunder on Sunday.

Anthony Bowman, Billy Gaylor and Kieran Moran are also added to the 19-man line-up.

SQUAD: Aaronson; Bowman; Cullimore; Dixon; Feather; Gaylor; Hardcastle; Hawkyard; Haynes; Kenga; Law; Leeming; Levy; Lynam; Moran; Parker; Seeley; Whittel