Crusaders players in pledge to club's fans

 

Crusaders players will fulfil their fixtures – starting with Sunday's game at Wakefield – despite uncertainty about the future following their decision to pull out of Super League.

"We're definitely going to stick it out," said Lloyd White, one of the Welsh players the club has brought through. "We don't have to play for anyone else. We're playing for ourselves and the fans now."

The players' association has stepped in to try to minimise the damage to the careers of players thrown into limbo.

The Welsh club shocked the game – and not least their own playing staff – by withdrawing from the application process for a licence this week.

The Rugby League believes that most, if not all, of the players have a release clause in their contracts that effectively makes them free agents after this season. The deadline has passed for them to join other Super League clubs this year, but a number will be exploring possibilities for 2012.

Those looking elsewhere will be headed by the Leeds and Great Britain centre, Keith Senior, who signed a two-year contract earlier this month, but is now set to leave the club – possibly for Wakefield – without ever playing for them.

Crusaders had also agreed a new one-year deal with the former Welsh RU captain, Gareth Thomas, whose future in league is now uncertain.

The club's chief executive, Rod Findlay, has told a fans' forum that there are a series of options for the future. They could continue to play at Wrexham in the Championship or Championship 1, move to a new location or cease to exist completely.

Wakefield's escape from the Super League axe has left John Kear keen to extend his contract as coach. "I'd like to stay," he said. "It's a great club and now has the opportunity to progress."

Salford's joy at receiving a Super League licence has been tempered by the loss of their utility back, Stefan Ratchford, who is joining Warrington on a three-year contract.

"I'm very excited about working with Stefan," said the Warrington coach, Tony Smith. "He has shown what a talented young player he is for a number of years."

Wigan have confirmed that their Test prop, Stuart Fielden, will not play again this season after suffering a pectoral injury in training. Fielden has managed just one game this season following major knee surgery in the winter.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
musicBand's first new record for 20 years has some tough acts to follow
News
peopleAt least it's for a worthwhile cause
Voices
A new app has been launched that enables people to have a cuddle from a stranger
voicesMaybe the new app will make it more normal to reach out to strangers
News
Liam Payne has attacked the media for reporting his tweet of support to Willie Robertson and the subsequent backlash from fans
peopleBut One Direction star insists he is not homophobic
Life and Style
healthFor Pure-O OCD sufferers this is a reality they live in
Life and Style
Sexual health charities have campaigned for the kits to be regulated
healthAmerican woman who did tells parents there is 'nothing to be afraid of'
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments