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League One: Cougars call for changes at EGM

Gary Fawcett

Keighley Cougars have formally submitted their request to call an emergency general meeting at the RFL after gaining sufficient support from other member clubs, with Sheffield Eagles, Barrow Raiders, Hunslet Hawks and Wakefield Wildcats backing their call for an EGM. And Cougars Chairman Gary Fawcett says the resolution of his club’s dispute is crucial if the new structure to be ... Read More »

Tom Olbison: Competition for places will help Bulls

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Tom Olbison believes his position as the longest-serving member of James Lowes’ new-look squad will count for little next season. The Bradford Bulls back-rower, aged 23, is a product of the club’s academy, having joined as a scholarship player before making his first-team debut back in 2009. However, despite boasting vast experience, Olbison admits he is facing fierce competition for ... Read More »

Centurions slam Rhinos in Brierley row

Ryan Brierley

Leigh Centurions Head of Rugby Derek Beaumont has issued a stinging criticism of Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington about allegedly seeking to approach contracted Centurions player Ryan Brierley, but then denying that they are interested in signing him. As the rumour mill went into overdrive last week, the Rhinos issued a statement from Hetherington, which said: “I can categorically ... Read More »

Keighley to push on for EGM after gaining support

Gary Fawcett

Keighley Cougars have announced they have gained the required support to push on for an Extraordinary General Meeting at the RFL, and they have now submitted their request to Red Hall for the meeting to take place. Cougars chairman Gary Fawcett announced earlier this week that they were close to securing the required support for the meeting, and that he ... Read More »

Bradford Bulls pass 1500 mark for season tickets

Steve Ferres (left) and Marc Green (right). ©BradfordBulls

Bradford Bulls have passed another substantial season ticket milestone, with sales of memberships for their 2015 Championship campaign passing the 1,500 barrier. The club have set themselves a target of 4,000 sales before the new season gets underway in February, and managing director Steve Ferres insists the club are on track to achieve that with a Christmas rush incoming – ... Read More »

Brierley move to Leeds a non-starter

Ryan Brierley

The Yorkshire Evening Post are reporting that Ryan Brierley has asked for a transfer to Super League giants Leeds Rhinos – but the move has been blocked, and Brierley will be going nowhere. Reports have constantly linked Brierley with a move away from the Centurions after a blistering 2014, with a number of Super League clubs believed to be interested ... Read More »

Sheffield Eagles sign Sam Smeaton

Mark Aston has another new player on board.

Sheffield Eagles have confirmed the signing of Featherstone Rovers centre Sam Smeaton on a one-year contract. Smeaton becomes the Eagles eighth new signing following  Blake South, John Davies, Steve Thorpe, Jamie Langley, Ben Musolino and former Halifax duo Rob Worrincy and Tony Tonks. Smeaton has endured a frustrating last couple of years through injury, but is looking forward to getting ... Read More »

Hunslet Hawks sign Callum Casey

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Hunslet Hawks have further strengthened their squad for 2015, after confirming the signature of Halifax forward Callum Casey on a one-year deal. The 24-year-old has been a regular in the Fax side since joining the club in 2012, making 60 appearances across three seasons with the club, scoring 14 tries. He has played for Ireland in the European Championships this ... Read More »

Bulls in good hands with Lowes and Harrison, says Noble

Jimmy-Lowes-Bulls

Former Bradford Bulls head coach Brian Noble believes the club’s current coaching setup means the club is looking in good shape for 2015 – and says it’s the best state the club have been in for a “long while”. The shoots of revival under James Lowes were evident towards the end of last season, as the Bulls defeated the likes ... Read More »

Third party could help Keighley’s quest against RFL

Gary Fawcett

Keighley Cougars are considering using a third party to help them in their legal battle against the Rugby Football League, as they continue to seek financial compensation for their controversial relegation from the Championship. Chairman Gary Fawcett believes that the relegation could cost them up to £250,000 in lost revenue, and is still fighting to get some sort of compensation. ... Read More »