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201102111411.jpgNew Twist in Wakefield Wildcats Saga …

In a bold move the RFL announced today that the Wakefield Wildcats and Celtic Crusaders are to be merged and relocated to Blackpool.

The newly formed club will be known as the Blackpool-Wrexham-Wakefield Trinity Wildcat Crusading Panthers. As a gesture to disgruntled spectators in Wakefield and bemused onlookers in Wrexham the club will operate teams in all three senior competitions; the Super League, Championship and Championship One.

This approach, only a step bolder than a similar move involving Huddersfield and Sheffield has served the RFL well in the past. This time it is coupled with a rotating fixture list that sees each original venue alternating between hosting a Super League, Championship and Championship One fixture. Cup games will be held in Southport.

Kyle Eastmond’s agent is reported to be monitoring the situation with a view to making a “unique” proposal to the Bath, Sale and St Helens boards.

Hodgson’s Choice …

News of Roy Hodgson’s appointment as manager of English Premiership soccer side, West Bromwich Albion, was greeted with unexpected delight by jubilant Baggies’ fans on Friday.

This after locals were seen burning copies of the press reports confirming that Bundesliga outfit VfL Wolfsburg had parted ways with former England supremo, Steve McClaren.

Commenting on the matter a bloke in a taxi who looked a bit like McClaren said: “Naturally I’m extremely disappointed.”

Millennium Magic set for acid test …

Commenting on the forthcoming Millennium Magic event, which will see it hosting the opening round of engage Super League XVI matches, the Millennium Stadium said:

“Well it was a bit of a shock was’n it when they left I mean … bur am glad to see ’em back I am. It’s not like I’d any plans for the weekend anyway, just lolling round town like.”

“I reckon them boys ‘ad thur ‘eds turned by them tartan kilts like … none of that nonsense round ‘ere tho, just fry-ups and beer isn’t it?”

The stadium’s agent denied that his client had ever directed him to seek a transfer to the Blackpool are.

Worried Wolfie …

Back bites gives a quick shout-out to his canine cousin, Wolfie, who’s had a bit of a worrying offseason since the acquisition of Michael Monaghan’s brother, Joel.

Hi Wolfie old mate; hope ya enjoyed the peanut butter I sent for Christmas. Have a belting time in Cardiff, here’s a suggestion if you get bored, why not try: Castell Coch?