Stobart to sponsor Super League
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Saturday 21 January 2012
Super League will be sponsored for the next three years by the transport company Eddie Stobart. The haulier already sponsors Widnes, whose chairman, Steve O'Connor, sold his business to the firm several years ago. Stobart takes over from Engage Assurance.
Widnes have signed the former Wigan full-back Cameron Phelps. The Australian played for Wigan in 2009 and 2010, joining Hull the following year and being released at the end of last season. Widnes have another former Wigan player, Shaun Briscoe, earmarked as first-choice full-back, but Phelps is versatile. "I've kept myself in good shape by training with Canberra Raiders," said Phelps, whose two-year contract depends on him getting the necessary visa.
Wakefield have released the half-back Gareth Moore, who will play part-time for Batley in the Championship.
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