ON THE BLIND SIDE

Castle­ford ac­cused of breach­ing con­tract

The Rugby Paper - - Feature - BY NEIL FISSLER Fol­low me on Twit­ter: @neil­fissler

DENNY SOLOMONA will claim that Castle­ford Tigers ‘be­lit­tled’ him as the case over his switch to Sale Sharks heads to trial later this year.

A judge in Leeds last week set the po­ten­tially ex­plo­sive ten-day trial to take place be­tween Novem­ber 13 and Jan­uary 12, 2018, un­less an out of court set­tle­ment can be reached.

The Sharks are fac­ing a com­pen­sa­tion claim of £500,000 from the Tigers af­ter sign­ing Solomona who last week at­tend­ing his first Eng­land train­ing camp.

The 23-year-old will claim that he felt be­lit­tled over Castle­ford’s con­duct af­ter they learned he had a his­tory of de­pres­sion.

His bar­ris­ter will claim in court that this con­sti­tuted a breach of con­tract leav­ing him free to walk away from Castle­ford.

Blind­side un­der­stands that the RFU are closely watch­ing the case and it could land dual reg­is­tered agent Andy Clarke in hot wa­ter with them.

Clarke, who rep­re­sents Eng­land fly-half Owen Far­rell, could lose his li­cense if the court case finds that he acted im­prop­erly.

Mean­while, Faf de Klerk’s con­tract with Sale Sharks is done de­spite the Lions claim­ing they have not agreed to the re­lease.

It would ap­pear that the Lions’ noses were put out of joint af­ter the Sharks an­nounced the sign­ing in­stead of do­ing a planned joint an­nounce­ment. ■KYLE EASTMOND’S much her­alded re­turn to Su­per League with the War­ring­ton Wolves has run into a brick wall and is on the verge of col­lapse.

Dual-code in­ter­na­tional Eastmond, who is cur­rently out of ac­tion with an Achilles in­jury, has been speak­ing to the Wolves about join­ing them later this year.

Eastmond, right, is be­lieved to have been told that he is free to leave Wasps only a year af­ter snub­bing Sale Sharks to join them from Premier­ship ri­vals Bath.

He is close friends with Wolves owner Si­mon Mo­ran, but the deal has run into com­pli­ca­tions over the con­tract. They will need to be re­solved if the deal can be revived and I un­der­stand more talks are planned for the near fu­ture.

Su­per League or­gan­is­ers, who are now al­low­ing clubs a se­cond mar­quee sign­ing, are keen for him to re­turn af­ter namecheck­ing him at the an­nounce­ment of their rule changes.

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