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Hull close on Hernandez signing

"Red tape" is all that is currently in the way of Hull City confirming the signing of Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez.

Speaking after his team's Europa League exit at the hands of Belgian side KSC Lokeren, Steve Bruce said the deal was all but done.

Having sold Shane Long to Southampton just six months after his arrival at the club, Bruce has been on the lookout for a replacement:

East Yorkshire MP writes to council over head of children's services

The MP for Beverley and Holderness has written to the Chief Executive of East Riding Council asking him to consider the position of the council's current Head of Children and Young People Support and Safeguarding Services.

Graham Stuart has written to East Riding Council over their head of children's services
Graham Stuart has written to East Riding Council over their head of children's services

Pam Allen was previously Director of Safeguarding at Rotherham Council from 2004 until 2009. A report into child abuse in Rotherham published this week found a "shocking scale of child abuse."

Graham Stuart MP wrote to Cllr Nigel Pearson about Ms Allen's position and questioned her suitability for her current role at East Riding Council:

In light of the multiple devastating failures of child safeguarding documented in Professor Jay’s report, I would be grateful if you could let me know – in a form that can be published – what steps you are taking to investigate Ms Allen’s performance as the responsible council officer in Rotherham. In particular, please keep me informed as to whether you plan to review Ms Allen’s suitability for her current position. If it is the case that she bears a serious level of responsibility for the situation that was allowed to develop in Rotherham, it is highly doubtful whether Ms Allen should be entrusted with a similar safeguarding role in the East Riding, or indeed in any local authority.

– Graham Stuart MP

East Riding of Yorkshire Council say they do not comment on individual members of staff but in a statement said:

I would like to reassure residents that the council together with its partners gives the highest priority to the protection and safeguarding of children and young people throughout the East Riding and is committed to delivering the best possible outcomes. The East Riding Safeguarding Children's Board, of which the council is a key member, will carefully consider the independent report which has been published following an inquiry by Professor Alexis Jay OBE into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

– Kevin Hall, director of children, families and schools at East Riding of Yorkshire Council


Two die after collision in Doncaster

Two men have died after the car they were travelling in left the road and struck a wall near Doncaster.

Police investigate death of two in Doncaster
Police investigate death of two in Doncaster

In the early hours of this morning the Subaru Impreza they were in collided with a wall and a road sign on Cusworth lane.

A third man was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary with minor injuries. Police do not believe any other vehicles involved at this time.

The road is currently closed and will remain closed for some time for investigations to take place.

Relegated Bulls turn to youth signings

Relegated Bradford have announced the re-signing of promising teenagers Alex Mellor, Nathan Conroy, Sam Bates and Adam Brook ahead of their Championship campaign in 2015.

The Odsal side now have an 18 man squad for the upcoming Championship season
The Odsal side now have an 18 man squad for the upcoming Championship season Credit: Press Association

Back-row forward Mellor and hooker Conroy, both 19, have signed new 12-month deals, while 18-year-old prop Bates and 19-year-old half-back Brook have secured two-year contracts.

Mellor has made nine substitute Super League appearances over the last two years and is tipped by Bulls coach James Lowes for a bright future.

Alex is an exceptional young player who has risen through the club's academy ranks in recent years. He has all of the attributes and potential to become a key player here.

– James Lowes, Bradford Bulls coach

Lopini Paea swaps France for Wakefield

Wakefield coach James Webster has returned to Perpignan to make his latest signing for 2015.

James Webster signs his fourth player for 2015
James Webster signs his fourth player for 2015 Credit: Press Association

Tonga prop Lopini Paea, 30, is to follow his Catalan Dragons team-mate Mickael Simon in swapping the south of France for West Yorkshire after signing a 12-month contract with the Wildcats.

Paea, whose brother Mickey plays for Hull, has made 76 Super League appearances since joining the French club from Sydney Roosters in 2011.

"He's an experienced player and been a pivotal part of what is a very big and aggressive pack at Catalans," said Webster. "We're extremely happy to have him with us for next year."

The 16st 3lb Paea, who captained Tonga in the 2008 World Cup, is Wakefield's fourth addition to their squad for 2015 following the acquisition of Simon, Craig Hall and Matty Ashurst as Webster prepares for his first full season in charge.

It's a new challenge for me, a new lifestyle and I feel like a big kid starting all over again.

I'm really looking forward to coming to Wakefield and recapturing some of my best form again. I've been really impressed with the way the team have been playing for each other since James Webster has taken over and as a player that's something you want to be part of.

I've spoken to him a couple of times and I was really impressed with what he had to say.

– Lopini Paea
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