Leeds’ preparations being held up by red tape

Leeds Carnegie say that red tape is frustrating plans for their return to the Guinness Premiership with four players unable to enter the UK so far due to complications with visa applications process.

USA international Mike MacDonald (pictured), Argentinean Juan Gomez and Samoan pair Fosi Pala’amo and Henry Fa’afili are all waiting for the green light to return to Leeds and begin preparations for the new Guinness Premiership season.

Commenting on the situation Director of Rugby Andy Key said, “The situation certainly is not ideal but we realise that we are not the only people affected by the new systems that have been put in place which are causing delays to the application process.

“We are hopeful of having all four players here in time for the start of the season on 6th September when we take on Newcastle.

“However, we go into this Saturday’s final pre-season game without these four players but in a strong position after our first two warm up games.”

“In the front row, Gareth Hardy has come in and added greatly to our presence in the set piece and we have got some exciting options in our backline.”

“It will be a bonus when the four players arrive but we continue to move in the right direction.”

Leeds Carnegie travel to Swansea this Saturday to take on the Ospreys, kick off 2.30pm.

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