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Castleford Tigers have received the support of the Rugby Football League as Denny Solomona’s exit from the club – and the sport – looms large on the horizon.
Solomona’s cross-code transfer to Sale Sharks is expected to be announced by the rugby union side shortly, perhaps as early as this week.
But the Tigers remain defiant they have not agreed to sell Solomona and the deal is moving forward without their consent.
The club has sought guidance from the RFL about how to handle the situation.
Sale are reportedly intent on claiming that Solomona has no contract in rugby union, despite his Castleford contract reportedly having two more years to run. Despite that, the rugby union club claims that no transfer fee is payable. But the Tigers are insisting they are owed a fee, and have not formally agreed to sell the winger.
It could result in a high-profile legal battle should Sale announce the deal without Castleford’s consent.
League Express understands that Solomona’s management is also being investigated by the RFL, with the handling of the transfer the focal point of the investigation.
When Solomona’s transfer is eventually confirmed by Sale – whether or not Castleford agree to it – it will bring months of speculation to an end about where the winger is set to play in 2017.
The Tigers have repeatedly said that he is not for sale under any circumstances, but it now looks like the deal is set to go ahead.