The chances of former Halifax half back Liam Finn rejoining his hometown club this winter have receded after Featherstone released a statement confirming their captain would be staying at Post Office Road.
Finn had repeatedly been linked with Fax in recent weeks, despite already being contracted to Rovers for 2014.
Keighley coach Paul March, who has signed Fax’s current half back Paul Handforth for next year, even went as far as claiming in a radio interview that the deal to bring Finn ‘home’ had already been signed and sealed.
Fax boss Karl Harrison has consistently refused to be drawn on the subject, pointing out that Finn was already tied to Rovers, who are already believed to have recruited two more half backs - Batley’s Gareth Moore and York’s Simon Brown - for next year, for another 12 months.
But yesterday a cryptic statement on Rovers’ website confirmed that there had been “interest” in Finn from rival Championship clubs, but that he would not be released.
It also included quotes from the player saying the decision to stay “had been taken out of his hands”.
Notably, it stopped short of accusing any club of making an illegal approach to Finn, hinting that Rovers had at least given consideration to freeing the former Championship Player of the Year from his current commitment.
Fax are well known to be in the hunt for new playmaking talent, with Handforth joining the Cougars and his scrum base partner Anthony Thackeray expected to be confirmed as a Dewsbury player at the end of the season.
The Shay is already being touted as the likely destination of Batley’s half back or hooker Paul Mennell, with another Featherstone player, the hooker Ben Kaye, also being mentioned as a potential target.