Rugby League: Freeman pays a high price
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.
Thursday 05 August 1993
'Gary can sit in the stands and cheer for Penrith for the remaining matches of the season,' Mark Murray, the Easts coach, said. Freeman captained the Kiwis in their series against Australia this year. He remains a certainty to retain the job in Britain this autumn, despite his enforced break from the game.
London Crusaders have signed the discus thrower, Abe Ekoku, and plan to convert him into one of the game's biggest wingers. Ekoku is 6ft 3in and 16st, and has played some junior rugby union and amateur rugby league.
'We are very impressed by his speed and strength, and expect him to go straight into the first team for our first match of the season against Batley on 27 August,' the Crusaders coach, Tony Gordon, said.
A League tribunal has turned down a claim from the Warrington prop, Neil Harmon, that he should be treated as a free agent, despite the club having fallen behind on staged contract payments.
Harmon has been linked with a possible move to Featherstone Rovers, who have money from the sale of Paul Newlove to Bradford Northern with which to strengthen their pack. Another Warrington prop, Phil Sumner, has now joined Harmon in seeking a move.
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