HALIFAX have reported Super League side Salford to the Rugby Football League, accusing the Reds of making an illegal approach to under-contract winger Rob Worrincy.
Worrincy, who is in the middle of a two year deal with the Co-operative Championship champions, enjoyed a career-best 2010, scoring 25 tries and cementing a reputation as one of the most exciting players outside the top flight.
Press sources close to Salford have reported twice in recent days that Worrincy, the younger brother of Penrith Panthers-bound forward Michael, is a target for Shaun McRae’s side ahead of the start of the Super League season in mid-February.
McRae has spoken of “adding one more player” to his squad before the Millennium Magic weekend in Cardiff, but refused to name his target.
“If it happens, then it happens, you never know who might become available,” said McRae.
Halifax chairman Michael Steele said the club had received no official bid for Worrincy.
“Rob is a contracted Halifax player,” said Steele, who also dismissed suggestions that the speedster had been asked to take a pay cut as part of Fax’s off-season bid to slash their wage bill.
“There has never been any suggestion of a variation in the terms of that contract.
“We haven’t had any approach from Salford and we would not welcome one.”
Steele was reluctant to discuss the situation further, but an RFL spokesman confirmed that Fax have accused the Reds of tapping up the Londoner and have asked the game’s governing body to investigate.
“That is currently the subject of an enquiry and I am not prepared to comment on it,” said Steele.
It is the second off-season in succession that the Reds have been linked with a Halifax player, having courted hooker Sean Penkywicz at the end of 2009.