Former Bulldog Jarrad Hickey will be unable to play for the London Broncos during the 2012 ESL season, as the club already has five non-Federation trained players.
Under the current ESL rules, all clubs are to have no more than 5 of these players – and if Hickey had joined the club, he would have been the 6th non-Federation trained player – hence being a breach of the rules.
The club have attempted to resolve the situation, but they have been unable to do so.
Despite not being able to play, the club will now work with Hickey, as both club and player search for alternative playing options for the forward.
Local rivalries will once again take centre stage on Magic Weekend when Etihad Stadium, Manchester, hosts a full round of Stobart Super League fixtures for the first time on May 26 and 27.
Some of the biggest battles in British sport will be played out at the home of Manchester City FC, where three matches take place on Saturday May 26 and four on Sunday May 27.
The 2012 Magic Weekend schedule in full is:
Saturday May 26
1.00pm – Castleford Tigers v Wakefield Wildcats
4.00pm – Warrington Wolves v Widnes Vikings
7.00pm – Hull FC v Hull KR
Sunday May 27
12.00pm – Catalan Dragons v London Broncos
2.00pm – Huddersfield Giants v Salford City Reds
4.00pm – Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos
6.00pm – St Helens v Wigan Warriors
It is something that we are seeing more and more of, and now, yet another player has returned to rugby league – with former Penrith Panthers half Craig Gower, leaving his French rugby union side, to play rugby league once more.
Gower will play with ESL side, the London Broncos, and despite having previously thought that a return to league was not on the cards – he is excited at the ESL opportunity.
“I didn’t really see myself playing rugby league again”, Gower said.
“I needed a new challenge and that was to play rugby union but it got to the stage where it wasn’t as enjoyable.
“But this did come as a bit of a surprise.
“I had talks about going to the NRL but I had a knee injury so it was hard to progress those further.
“However, the Super League option came up and that gave me more time to recover.”