James Feather pays himself out of Hawks contract

James Feather has paid an undisclosed fee to release himself from his contract with Hunslet and re-sign with Keighley.

The 30-year-old agreed to join the Hawks and link up with former boss Barry Eaton in early October, when the Cougars were relegated from the Championship and Hunslet won the Championship One Grand Final.

However, he had a change of heart soon after and the Hawks were understandably reluctant to let their marquee signing leave without being compensated.

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Hunslet’s director of rugby Darren Williams told the T&A that the two parties were finally able to come to an agreement on the matter.

“We have been having regular dialogue with the RFL, Keighley Cougars and James himself over his request to be released,” he said.

“Thankfully we have agreed a compensation package with James himself paying an undisclosed fee to be granted his release.

“We have also agreed to play Keighley in a pre season game ahead of 2016 which will also provide us with some financial recompense.

“It’s been a very disappointing saga in all honesty but at least all parties concerned can now move on from this and put this to bed. James is now expected to rejoin Keighley Cougars in Championship 1 for 2015.”