Super Lague: Wildcats talk cash as Tax man waits

Wakefield are talking to potential new investors as the threat of adminstration hovers over the troubled Super League club on the eve of the new season.

The Wildcats are in serious difficulty after raising just 26,000 of the 500,000 in share pledges the club say they need by the end of the month to secure their immediate future.

Just as crucially, they face a winding-up petition brought by HM Revenue and Customs on Wednesday week for an unpaid tax bill thought to be in excess of 300,000.

Speaking at the Wildcats pre-season media day, chief executive James Elston insisted there was no danger of the club failing to start the new season and revealed the club are talking to four separate parties interested in making an investment.

The Army's reward for their 28-22 Carnegie Challenge Cup first-round win over Welsh champions Valley Cougars on Sunday is a home tie against the RAF in an all-services second-round tie.

Halifax amateurs Siddal will make the short trip to Rochdale Mayfield if they can overcome Eastmoor in their postponed first round encounter.

The full draw, with ties to be played on the weekend of February 5, is:

Pool A: East Leeds v Hull Dockers, Castleford Lock Lane or Halton Simms Cross v Stanley Rangers, York Acorn or Milford v Skirlaugh, Eccles and Salford juniors or Wigan St Patrick's v Leigh Miners, Hunslet Warriors v Wigan St Judes or West Bowling, Fryston v Kells or Bradford Dudley Hill, Rochdale Mayfield v Siddal or Eastmoor, East Hull v Myton, Waterhead or Egremont v Wath Brow Hornets or Norland, Leigh East v Thatto Heath.

Pool B: British Army v RAF, Loughborough University v Northumbria University, Warrington Wizards v Royal Navy, Leeds Met University v Edge Hill University or Hull University.

Leeds Rhinos' England winger Ryan Hall is set to miss the start of the Engage Super League season after picking up a leg injury in his side's 40-18 defeat at Featherstone in Sunday's friendly.

Hooker Paul McShane, who sustained a broken nose and a thumb injury, is expected to be available for Friday's trial game at Crusaders but Hall, who was Leeds' only representative in the 2010 Four Nations Series, is almost certain to be ruled out of the opening League game against Bradford on February 13.

"Ryan's the concern," said Rhinos coach Brian McDermott.