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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

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