Txt messages allegedly sent between former Featherstone prop Darrell Griffin and their head coach John Duffy have added a strange twist to the saga, following the forward’s sacking for playing rugby union
Griffin was dismissed by Rovers for a ‘serious breach of contract’, following the discovery that he had made three unauthorised appearances for the Morley RFC union side without written permission from the club.
But Griffin’s brother, Hull FC star Josh, yesterday posted screenshots of two alleged exchanges between his brother and Duffy, which appear to suggest the coach had given the player permission to play and was fully aware of it.
In one of the alleged exchanges, Griffin is shown to send a message saying “Appreciate you letting me do it mate,” to which Duffy allegedly replies “No worries mate.”
I would say that’s permission don’t you ? I’m not going to let people say darrells done something wrong or that he didn’t have permission. He’s been nothing but a model professional for last 20 years and it hurts our family to see his name dragged under like this. pic.twitter.com/EbuqnibDAn
— Josh Griffin (@joshogriffo) January 7, 2018
Featherstone, who play in England’s second division, commented via general manager Davide Longo.
“We are undoubtedly disappointed by Darrell’s decision to play another contact sport while under contract with the club,” Longo said.
“RFL players’ contracts clearly state that permission to do so must be granted, in writing, by a chief executive or chairman.
“Darrell did not seek such permission and, given the club’s position and desire to achieve as much as possible in 2018, it would not have been granted under any circumstances.
“At the time of agreeing Darrell’s new contract, we made it extremely clear that he was not to play rugby union. This condition was added to his written contract, which Darrell signed in August 2017.”