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Denny Solomona Facing Trial At The End Of The Year Over Contract Dispute

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Denny Solomona’s former rugby league club, the Castleford Tigers, are suing the player after he left the club for Sale Sharks despite having two years remaining on his contract. 

The Telegraph are reporting that Castleford are seeking up to £500,000 in damages against the player and his agent, Andy Clarke.

Solomona has been very impressive for the Sharks since he switched codes and has been called up by Eddie Jones for England’s tour of Argentina in the summer.

The 23-year-old has scored 11 tries in 15 appearances since he took up rugby union with Sale, the most recent of which occurred at the weekend in his side’s 27-24 victory over Bath at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The dispute went to the Leeds Mercantile Court on Monday of this week but an out-of-court settlement wasn’t agreed. As a result, a case will be heard over a seven day period sometime between November and January.

Solomona failed to attend pre-season training for the Tigers in November and the club received legal advice as a result. According to the report, it is alleged that Sale and Solomona’s agent, Clarke, entered into a “cynical calculation” whereby they would be financially better off if the player breached his contract rather than pay a transfer fee.

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