Castleford are threatening legal action in the wake of Wigan’s four-point deduction for breaching last season’s salary cap.
Castleford were relegated from Super League last year, finishing three points behind Wigan, who have been revealed to have overspent by more than £222,000. They are considering mounting a case which would have echoes of Sheffield United’s attempts to save their place in the Premiership.
“We will now have to sit down with our legal advisers and determine what steps to take next,” said the Tigers’ chief executive, Richard Wright, yesterday. “We are both devastated and angry. We fought hard and fairly to retain our place in Super League.”
One aspect about which Cas are particularly annoyed is that they were outbid last season by Wigan for Catalan Dragons’ scrum-half Michael Dobson, whose performances had much to do with Wigan staying up.
Wigan, who have yet to announce whether they will appeal, have been reduced to ninth in Super League by their four-point deduction.
Better news for them is that Stuart Fielden and Paul Prescott have been passed fit to face the Catalans in their Challenge Cup semi-final on Sunday.
St Helens will be without their prop Jason Cayless for their semi against Bradford tomorrow. The front-rower has flown home to Sydney following the sudden death of his mother, Marlene.
Cayless played in last year’s cup final win over Huddersfield and his absence is a blow to Saints’ hopes of retaining the trophy. James Graham is likely to take his place.
Warrington have extended the contract of their forward Andrew Bracek until the end of the 2010 season. The hooker Mark Glee-son has agreed a one-year extension to keep him with the Wolves next season.
Salford’s Karl Fitzpatrick played for the first time this season in the academy game against Warrington last night. The utility back had been out of action for six months after tearing his Achilles tendon in pre-season training. Hull’s Kirk Yeaman will miss the match against Salford on Sunday.
The Celtic Crusaders moved to within two points of Featherstone at the top of National League Two by beating them 32-12 at home last night.