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Lost passport could rule out Watts

18th of June 2014
Lost passport could rule out Watts

Hull FC could be without Liam Watts for their trip to Catalan Dragons with the prop unable to find his passport

Hull FC have been caught up in the row over delays in UK passport applications which could mean them taking on Catalan Dragons in the south of France on Saturday without one of their key players.

The backlog of applicants has risen by 200,000 in the past three months to nearly half a million and they include Hull's former Castleford Tigers and Hull KR prop Liam Watts, who has mislaid his passport and so far failed in his attempts to obtain a replacement.

"We're working furiously in trying to sort out a way to get him to Perpignan," Hull football manager Motu Tony said.

"He's tearing up his house but still hasn't found it and now he's moving on (to) his mum and dad's to see if it's there.

"Normally you'd turn up at the passport office to get a new one but there's a backlog at the moment and he's been given an appointment for a couple of weeks, which is no good to us.

"We've (been) exploring every avenue - he's a bit too big for a stowaway - and we're just waiting to hear back from the lawyers to see what they say.

"We don't leave until Friday so we've got a couple more days."

Watts, 23, has started Hull's past four First Utility Super League matches, including last Friday's 56-6 win at Widnes.

"He's in good form so we need him but, in the worst-case scenario, there are a couple of good front rowers who couldn't get in the team so it would be a chance for one of them," Tony said.

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