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Sean Gleeson announces his retirement aged 26

Sean Gleeson announces his retirement Credit: PA

Sean Gleeson has announced his retirement at the age of just 26.

The former Wigan, Widnes and Salford centre has failed to recover from an assault outside a nightclub.

He sustained a serious eye injury during an attack in Greater Manchester three months ago.

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Salford City Reds chairman releases statement

The Chairman of Salford City Reds has released a statement about today's ruling.

Everyone is working every available hour to ensure that the on-going negotiations progress forward into an outcome that secures the future success of the Salford Rugby League Club. We appreciate what a stressful time this is for staff, players and supporters and thank you all for your patience and understanding.

What today’s ruling provides is the time needed to secure the investment and we are grateful for the opportunity to do so.

One thing is foremost in our minds - Salford’s rugby club must continue for the fans of today to enjoy and for the generations of fans to come.

– John Wilkinson, Chairman, Salford City Reds

Salford City Reds release statement after being given 28 days to clear debts

Salford City Reds have released a statement after the club was given 28 days to settle its debt with HMRC and two former players

Salford City Reds can confirm that the result of this morning’s court hearing was a further adjournment until Monday 4th February 2013.

This additional time has been granted following careful consideration of the current position regarding new investment into the business.

All concerned parties agreed that there was a real possibility that a positive conclusion could be reached and that this would be preferable to the execution of the lodged winding up petition against Salford Football Club 1914 Ltd.

– Salford City Reds statement

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Former rugby player found dead

David Tait

Former Sale Sharks rugby union player David Tait has been found dead in Hong Kong.

It's understood the 25 year old was found dead on Wednesday after falling from an apartment block.

A statement on the club's website said:

"The rugby community will be shattered by the passing of such a gifted and popular young man who was respected by everyone he played alongside. He wasn't simply a talented rugby player, he was also extremely bright and successful in his life outside of rugby.

David Tait in action

"We will do everything we can to help support David's family and the players who played alongside him. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers."

Premiership Rugby expressed their sadness at the news of David's death. "At this desperately sad time words can hardly do justice to the way everyone involved with Aviva Premiership Rugby will feel about David's passing," said Premiership Rugby Chief Executive, Mark McCafferty.

"Everyone at Premiership Rugby would like to offer their condolences and support to David's family and friends at this very difficult time."

The Tait family said: "The family is devastated and we would ask you to please respect our privacy."

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