Cardiss axed

Reporter: Matthew Chambers
Date published: 05 December 2008

DARYL CARDISS has been given the boot by Oldham as a disciplinary measure.

The reasons behind the shock move to terminate the contract of the 30-year-old are being kept under wraps by the club.

But with the experienced Leeds-born utility back only having signed a new 12-month deal to stay at the Roughyeds in October, following a 2008 campaign he was absent for most of due to a shoulder reconstruction operation, the news comes as a blow for both club and player ahead of the forthcoming season.

“We aren’t going to get into any details, but as part of the club’s ongoing code of conduct players are aware of what is expected of them,” said Roughyeds chief executive Chris Hamilton.

“We have high expectations of our players. The club always keeps its side of the contract and because of that, the player’s side is rigorously enforced.

“We have been through all the correct procedures and this is the upshot.

“The players we bring in to the club come here because we believe they can play the game and Daryl was no different.

“It is all unfortunate, but I can assure everyone that all the players are under no illusions as to the club’s stance when it comes to disciplinary matters.”

Cardiss departs a club he played for 14 times last year, scoring two tries.

When fit he was a firm first choice on the wing for then-coach Steve Deakin, impressing at times with some elusive running.

Despite his sacking, which leaves Tony Benson’s senior squad at 27 players, the club say they are not on the lookout for a replacement for the former Warrington, Halifax and Widnes man, who has almost 150 Super League appearances to his name.