Hull have sacked their full-back Jordan Tansey just days before the start of the Super League season. The 24-year-old has had his contract terminated with immediate effect for disciplinary reasons. The decision comes after he was left out of the pre-season friendly against Castleford for breaking the club's rules on drinking.
It was the third time in 18 months that Tansey had been dropped in similar circumstances. He had continued to live in his hometown of Leeds, which Hull believe was the root of his problems.
Tansey began his career with the Rhinos and had a season in the NRL with the Sydney Roosters, before joining Hull, for whom he made 25 appearances last season.
The club's coach, Richard Agar, must now reshuffle his side to find another full-back for the season's opening fixture against Hull KR in Cardiff on Sunday, with Richard Whiting, usually a centre, the favourite for the job.
St Helens are expecting their coach, Royce Simmons, back in the country tomorrow, two days before their game against St Helens, after he attended his father's funeral in Australia.
Whitehaven have signed the New Zealander Andreas Bauer, previously with Hull KR and Barrow.