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Bradford Bulls' crisis deepens

The Bradford Bulls' future has been thrown into doubt again after an offer to buy the club was withdrawn in protest at a six point deduction for going into administration for the second time in two years.

The man behind the proposed buyout, current chairman Mark Moore, says he has been forced into the decision because the points deduction makes relegation from Super League a virtual certainty.

Moore , who has now resigned along with his fellow directors, has accused the Rugby Football League of poor leadership. But the RFL's Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer says they are playing by the rules.

Watts out for four weeks

Liam Watts Credit: Press Association

Hull FC forward Liam Watts will miss the opening month of the First Utility Super League season because of a knee injury.

The 23-year-old former Hull KR prop sustained knee-ligament damage during his side's pre-season friendly defeat at Featherstone last weekend.

"It's obviously disappointing for us and especially Liam who is a big part of our pack," said Hull coach Lee Radford. "His presence will be missed but it presents another opportunity for another of the players."


Castleford sign free agent Finn

Ireland captain Liam Finn will be back in Super League in 2014 after being snapped up by Castleford Tigers.

The 30-year-old goalkicking half-back, who had brief spells in the top flight with Halifax and Wakefield, has linked up with the Tigers following his release by neighbouring Championship club Featherstone.

Finn, who led the Irish in all three World Cup games against Fiji, England and Australia, scored 1,484 points in two spells at Featherstone, where he played under Castleford coach Daryl Powell.

I'm flattered and extremely grateful that a great traditional club like Castleford has given me the opportunity to play in Super League again.

"I didn't take my chance last time and it has been a long road back. I hope to pay that back to the club and the coaching staff with hard work and by proving to them - and to myself - that I am more than capable of being a quality Super League player for them and make the most of a second chance playing at the highest level."

– Liam Finn, new Castleford Tigers signing

Liam Finn has been a stand-out performer in the Championship for the last four seasons.

"He is an outstanding player in both half-back and hooker positions and will further enhance the quality of our competition in those positions.

"I am supremely confident he will do well in Super League as a result of his professional attitude and skill sets and I'm looking forward to working with him again here at Castleford Tigers."

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers coach

McShane signs for Wildcats

New Wakefield Wildcats signing Paul McShane Credit: Press Association

Wakefield Wildcats have signed former England Academy international Paul McShane from Leeds Rhinos.

The 24-year-old hooker has penned a two year deal after the move from Headingley for an undisclosed fee.

McShane, played 63 games for the Rhinos , making his debut for the club in 2009.

He was part of the team that defeated the Manly Sea Eagles to lift the Wolrd Club Challenge in 2012.

McShane, who has previously worked under Wakefield head coach Richard Agar on a loan spell at Hull FC, is the latest ex Rhino to move to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium following the likes of Ali Lauititi, Lee Smith and , most recently, Richard Moore.s the


Biggs switches codes to join Hull FC

Tom Biggs in action for the England Sevens squad. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Hull FC Rugby League Club have signed home-grown Rugby Union winger Tom Biggs from Bath.

The 29 year old enjoyed a successful career in Union, initially at Leeds, where he became the club's all-time leading try scorer and won the Powergen Cup Final at Twickenham.

He also represented the England Saxons, England U21’s, and was a regular in the England Sevens set-up.

Biggs - brought up in Beverley and a former pupil at Hymers College in Hull - has supported the Black & Whites since he was a boy, and was at Wembley earlier this season to see Hull FC play Wigan in the Challenge Cup Final.

He said: "Although we didn’t get the result on the day, I’m really looking forward to being part of the squad and trying to get back there again. I’m really looking forward to meeting everybody, getting involved with the training, getting my head down and working hard."

Picture: Giants sign Broughton

Jodie Broughton. Credit: Dave Howarth/DAH Sports Images/Press Association Images

The Huddersfield Giants have confirmed the signing of Salford and England Knights winger Jodie Broughton on a four-year contract.

The 25-year-old former Leeds and Hull back was officially the fastest man in Super League in 2011 and has been consistently on the fringe of the England squad.

Broughton will join the 2013 league leaders next month alongside fellow newcomers Chris Bailey and Antonio Kaufusi.

Hull FC release Johnson

Hull FC have released former St Helens and Wakefield prop forward Paul Johnson halfway through his two-year contract.

The 25-year-old made 21 appearances this year, after moving from the Wildcats, but has been paid off to ease pressure on the club's salary cap and is expected to join Widnes.

Paul has left the club and we wish him well for the future. He's a great lad and did a good job for us but we've identified a number of players that are expected to go past him in the side.

"Chris Green has just been named in the Knights squad alongside Liam Watts, whilst another Hull boy in Josh Bowden continues to develop and deserves his chance next season.

"We need to be looking after these young players and that may involve moving on some fringe players, whilst at the same time we want some salary cap space free with a view to potential moves following the upcoming World Cup."

– Adam Pearson, Hull FC owner
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