Sione Faumuina set to leave Castleford

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Castleford are set to unload their controversial Kiwi, Sione Faumuina, before the end of his one-year contract, with ambitious Barrow the favourites to sign him.

Although Castleford refused to comment yesterday, it is understood that they have lost patience with the player and are ready to release him.

Faumuina has had a chequered career, including a brief spell at Hull, reneging on a contract at Harlequins and a series of alcohol-related incidents at the North Queensland Cowboys.

Barrow, his likely next stop, have already signed Jamie Rooney from Wakefield and have been repeatedly linked with players of the calibre of Warrington’s Lee Briers.

* John Duffy who was man of the match in Widnes’ Northern Rail Cup final win over Barrow has been confirmed as having fractured his jaw in the defeat by Gateshead.

* Paul Cooke is doubtful for the Hull derby this Saturday. Cooke, who left Hull to join Hull KR under controversial circumstances two years ago, has a hamstring injury.

* Castleford’s second-rower, Brett Ferres, faces a possible four match ban when he faces a charge today of making a high and dangerous tackle on Salford’s Richie Myler.

* Warrington’s Richie Mathers could receive similar punishment for an alleged high tackle on Luke Robinson of Huddersfield, but Keiron Cunningham of St Helens has only been cautioned for striking Wakefield’s James Stosic in last Friday night’s defeat by the Wildcats.

Stosic has not fractured his eye-socket, as was at first feared, and is available for the derby against Castleford on Sunday.

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