Rugby League: Unpaid Hadley leaves Widnes

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The Welsh rugby union and league international winger, Adrian Hadley, has walked out on Widnes, saying he will never play for them again.

Hadley, like a number of Widnes player, is owed money and said: "Widnes haven't honoured my contract and I'm not prepared to accept the situation any longer. I have played my last match for them."

Hadley, who is recovering from a knee injury, joined Widnes from Salford three years ago and has been linked with a return to his old code at the age of 32. But he says that he has had no approaches and may retire.

The club's chairman, Jim Mills, said that he was disappointed by Hadley's decision, but promised that players will be paid before Christmas.

Another Welshman, Scott Gibbs, has been passed fit to return for St Helens in their Regal Trophy quarter-final against Halifax on Sunday. Saints have told Welsh clubs they are wasting their time trying to entice Gibbs, who replaces the cup-tied Paul Newlove, back to union. The Western Samoan captain, John Schuster, will miss that match and could be out until the new year after breaking his thumb.

Kevin Ellis, yet another Welshman, has offered his services to his former club, Warrington. Ellis has signed to play for the Australian Rugby League, but is without a British club at the moment.

Warrington have their first choice scrum-half, Mike Ford, out for several weeks with a hamstring injury, while his predecessor, Greg Mackey, is due to retire and fly home to Australia next week.

The former Castleford coach, Darryl Van de Velde, has arrived from Australia to take charge of his new club, Huddersfield, for the first time against Whitehaven on Sunday. Van de Velde has resigned as chief executive of the South Queensland Crushers to take up the post.

Wigan have been invited to take part in Bristol rugby union club's sevens next May.