Brett Seymour: Whitehaven half-back receives visa boost

Australian half-back Brett Seymour is free to make his Whitehaven debut against North Wales Crusaders on Sunday after he received clearance to play.

The 29-year-old playmaker was given the relevant working visa by the UK Border Agency three weeks after his move to the Championship club was announced.

Seymour, who was released by Super League side Castleford last month after a trial spell, signed a one-year deal.

Haven are currently 10th in the division after seven games.

Since making his first grade debut in the Australian NRL with Cronulla Sharks, Seymour has spent time at New Zealand Warriors and Hull FC.

He was released by the Black and Whites last year after crashing his car while suffering from depression, an issue he has spoken openly about with BBC Sport.

Cas boss Daryl Powell then gave him a trial deal but agreed to let him go after he failed to dislodge half-back rivals Marc Sneyd, Liam Finn and Jamie Ellis from the first-choice squad.