>> Solomona case in court
SALE Sharks go to court in Leeds on Tuesday for a pre-trial hearing into their controversial signing of Castleford Tigers winger Denny Solomona. Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond and owner Simon Orange failed to reach a settlement with the Super League side when they went to mediation after Easter. Blindside understands that the Sharks and Tigers did not even get into the same room and that the offer of a low six figure deal was rejected out of hand. The Super League leaders believe they have a very strong case and are looking for around £400,000 plus costs. They believe that their case has been strengthened by Solomona’ selection by Eddie Jones for England’s summer tour to Argentina. The Sharks believe they did nothing wrong and Solomona was allowed to retire from the Super League, despite having two years left on his contract.
The Samoan then penned a three-year deal with Sale and has impressed enough to force his way into Jones’ plans for the summer.
A source has told Blindside that it could have a serious knock-on effect for Super League as it may allow many more to leave if judgement is found in favour of the Sharks.
The source said: “Sale believe they have done nothing wrong but the whole future of Rugby League could be at stake with the outcome. If the case goes in favour of Sale it could open the flood gates for a whole host of players just walking away from their contracts and switching codes.
“Super League sides cannot compete with the money that players can earn in the Premiership and players will be queuing up for a piece of the action. It will make it difficult to keep top players and Super League could become a feeder competition for the Premiership.”
Codehopper: Denny Solomona