Legal tug of war looms over

A legal tug-of-war is looming over the services of rugby league player Ryan McGoldrick with NRL champions Wests Tigers and English Super League club Castleford both insisting the former Cronulla centre had signed contracts with them.

Both clubs have dug in their heels over the 24-year-old after Castleford claimed McGoldrick had signed a one-year contract with the side three months after Wests Tigers signed him for 2006.

Castleford chief executive Richard Wright has told the BBC McGoldrick was able to obtain a release from his contract to join a Super League club. But Wests Tigers recruitment manager Warren McDonnell says Castleford had overstepped the mark and the NRL club hoped to clear up the matter when McGoldrick returns from a New Year break and meets with Tigers chief executive Steve Noyce and coach Tim Sheens on January 9.

NRL chief operating officer Graham Annesley says the matter may have to be decided legally if Wests Tigers refuse to grant a release.