Ex-Crusaders keep eye on Senior plight

James Gordon

Keith Senior‘s legal proceedings against Crusaders and the RFL has caught the attention of former players of the failed franchise.

While Senior never played for the club, having had his deal ripped up when the Welsh club pulled out of Super League, several former players are still owed thousands of pounds – money which they are likely to never receive, owing to the collapse of the “old” club.

The Wrexham club has since reformed under new ownership and another new guise, North Wales Crusaders, and will play in Championship 1 in 2012.

Last year, prop Ryan O’Hara slammed the club’s plans to reform via their Facebook page, revealing that more than half a million pound was owed to players, and £40,000 to him personally.

And now former full back Tony Duggan, who was one of the six players forced to leave the club in August 2009 due to visa irregularities, has hit out, following news that Senior is taking legal action against the previous owners of the club.

Duggan tweeted: “How can Keith Senior get money that he never played for when we cant get $$ legally owed to us?”

Since leaving Crusaders, Duggan has been playing in France for Lezignan.

He, and other ex-Crusaders, will be keeping an eye on the outcome of Senior’s legal case, against the former directors and chief executive of the now defunct club, which entered liquidation having just about managed to fulfil its fixture list last term.

Earlier this week, the new club announced they had sold 421 season tickets to date – which is more than what the Super League club sold last season.