Hull KR to apply for administration order

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The directors of Hull Kingston Rovers are to apply for the club to be put in the hands of administrators. An application will be put to the High Court in Leeds on Monday and if successful the financial consultants Coopers and Lybrand will take over running club in an effort to reduce a debt approaching pounds 1m.

Rovers were promoted to the First Division for the forthcoming season, but they failed to attract more than an average home gate of 1,700 fans at Craven Park and that has left the club losing more than pounds 3,000 a week.

Pressure from creditors has left the debt in an unmanageable state and that is believed to have led the Craven Park board to seek professional financial help in a bid to stall a possible winding up order.

The Great Britain tour full-back, Steve Prescott, has threatened to leave St Helens unless his contract is upgraded.

Prescott, who also played for England last season, still has two years of his current deal to run, but feels that he deserves a pay rise in recognition of his progress in the game.

He has previously been mentioned as a possible bargaining counter in a bid to bring Warrington's Iestyn Harris to Knowsley Road, but Saints said yesterday that they were willing to review his contract.

The game's governing Council could meet for the last time in its present form at Salford today. The Council is likely to appoint a working party to look at ways of streamlining the administration of the code. Shelving the Council and changing the make-up of the game's board of directors are among the possible reforms that could emerge.

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