Gleeson in demand after Wigan departure

Click to follow
The Independent Online

Three Super League clubs are being linked with Martin Gleeson now that his Wigan career is over. The 30-year-old former Great Britain centre had the remaining 18 months of his contract cancelled, with the club saying that distractions off the field prevented him from carrying on at the club.

Gleeson was the victim in a blackmail case earlier this year and has not played for Wigan since being sent home for allegedly being unfit for training. Despite his recent troubles and his chequered record, there is likely to be no shortage of interest in him. He was at Hull on Friday to watch his close friend Sean Long and both Wakefield and Salford have been watching his situation. There are also rumours of interest from rugby union and, rather more surprisingly, from the NRL in Australia, where Gleeson spent much of his boyhood.

Gareth Hock has been given permission by the RFL to resume training with Wigan, although he cannot play until his two-year ban for taking cocaine expires on 23 June.

Super League joint-leaders Huddersfield will be without their prop Keith Mason for 12 weeks after he damaged knee ligaments in the victory over Wakefield on Sunday. Eorl Crabtree is expected to return against Warrington this Friday after being rested for that match.