Warrington Wolves have followed Castleford Tigers in been given salary cap dispensation following the season-ending injury to Kevin Brown on the eve of the new campaign.
The Wolves vice captain was struck down with an achilles injury in training just days before the new season and it was revealed in yesterday’s League Express that the club have received cap dispensation.
Despite this, it seems that Steve Price has no immediate plans to use the extra money to replace Brown, with young half-back Declan Patton deputising in his absence.
The 23-year-old has started both of Warrington’s first two matches, striking up a promising early partnership with marquee signing Blake Austin in the halves, making the Wolves reluctant to shop around for a new player in that position.
With other clubs also suffering long-term injuries in the early part of the season, such as Matty Dawson-Jones at Hull FC, it remains to be seen whether they also will be granted extra space on their cap for a replacement.
It seems that RFL have now very much set a precedent for salary cap dispensation with Castleford Tigers given the same after their playmaker Luke Gale also suffered a potential season-ending injury before the first game of 2019.
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