Premiership rugby union team side Sale Sharks have announced that they have signed Denny Solomona on a three-year deal despite no confirmation of the player leaving Castleford Tigers.
The 23-year-old was registered in Sale’s Champions Cup squad last week despite the ongoing row about the winger’s future.
Castleford are taking legal action after Solomona did not report for pre-season having “resigned” from rugby league with two years left on his contract.
The case could have major ramifications for the whole of rugby league as any future player could then walk out on their contract and join a rugby union team, throwing the sport into possible disarray at the top level.
The Tigers have appointed leading barrister Nick Randall QC, whose other clients include the England captain Wayne Rooney, and the Leeds-based sports lawyer Richard Cramer to fight their case.
But Sale have pressed ahead with an announcement that Solomona has signed a contract with them.
Director of rugby Steve Diamond said: “He is a great player.
“He has an eye for scoring tries and has the added bonus of having played rugby union in his time at school and college.”