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Sale Announce Denny Solomona Signing In Controversial Circumstances

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 04: Denny Solomona of the Storm takes a high ball during the round eight Holden Cup match between the Melbourne Storm and the Canberra Raiders at AAMI Park on May 4, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Sale Sharks have announced the signing of Denny Solomona.

The New Zealand-born Samoa international has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Premiership side, albeit in controversial circumstances.

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond said of his new signing:

“We are delighted that Denny has signed for us. He is a great player with an eye for scoring tries and has the added bonus of having played Rugby Union in his time at School & College.”

Sale registered Solomona in their Champions Cup squad last week, implying that an announcement as very close, but this has not gone down well in some quarters.

The 23-year-old winger played rugby league for Castleford last season, but his failure to report for pre-season training last month, followed by his decision to switch codes to union, has angered his former club.

In a recent statement (as quoted by the Guardian), RFL chief executive Nigel Wood stressed the binding two-way nature of contracts, and implied that Castleford and the league would take this to as high a level as is necessary:

“Contracts are two-way commitments mutually binding on both parties. The RFL will support its member clubs absolutely to defend their contractual positions and will work with other similarly inclined governing bodies to ensure the unacceptable potential anarchy of lawful contracts simply being walked away from is not tolerated.”

CASTLEFORD, ENGLAND - JULY 5:  Denny Solomona (2 L) of Castleford Tigers celebrates with his team-mates after he scores his third try for his side during the First Utility Super League match between Castleford Tigers and Widnes Vikings at The Jungle on July 5, 2015 in Castleford, England. (Photo by Clint Hughes/Getty Images)

Solomona arrived in England in 2014, signing for the London Broncos. He then went to Castleford last year, where he scored a record-breaking 42 tries in the Super League. He made his international debut with Samoa against Fiji in October of this year.

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