Hull Crocker saga at an end

Hull have called off their move for Michael Crocker after the Australian’s visa reapplication was rejected.

The news ends almost six months of waiting for the 28-year-old former Melbourne Storm back row forward and Hull FC.

The British High Commission informed Michael of the decision however, he has not received the official written notification stipulating the reason for the rejection, which we understand was sent out yesterday.

However the club understands that it is likely to be linked to the original rejection as a result of Michael’s charge for affray.

Chief Executive, James Rule said: “This is a devastating decision for Michael and for Hull FC.  

“I wish to thank Michael for his loyalty and patience throughout this period, which I know, has been hugely stressful for him and his wife Sally. 

“On behalf of the board, staff, coaches and fans I wish Michael the best of luck in his future career.

“I know he will be an outstanding player and ambassador for whichever NRL club he ends up with.

“As a club we tried everything we could think of to bring Michael into the country, which included contacting West Hull MP and Secretary of State for Health Alan Johnson.  

“I wish to thank Alan for his efforts in assisting us to the best of his ability.

“As bitterly disappointed as we are we must move on with our recruitment for 2010.  

“The biggest difficulty we have had throughout this process is the not knowing whether Michael would be joining us or not and the knock on effects that has in the terms of planning for 2010 and beyond.  

“The only slight positive in this sad news is that we at least finally know where we stand.”

Crocker is not the only Hull FC recruit whose visa application is stuck in the system. New Zealand international Hame Lauaki is still awaiting a decision on his application.

However, Hull are confident he will be joining the club and Rule said: “We are confident Hame will get his visa – it is just a case of when and not if.”

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