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Crocker still hoping for British visa

By Melissa Woods and Laine Clark 02/02/2009 09:40:03 PM Comments (0)

Former Melbourne forward Michael Crocker has ruled out retirement and put any NRL negotiations on hold as he remains focused on playing for Hull.

The Test veteran's switch to English club Hull was thwarted when his work visa application was rejected last week.

It's believed it was due to a 2005 conviction for affray.

A UK newspaper is reporting that it could be as long as three months until his appeal is heard, however Crocker says he's been training hard and is ready to play as soon as he get the green light.

Crocker, 28, told AAP he never contemplated retirement and focusing all his energy on fulfilling his three-year Hull deal.

"Despite any rumours that have been circulating there is no way I'll be retiring from professional rugby league," he said.

"I'm not negotiating with any NRL club at this stage as I'm entirely focused on my visa application for England to play for Hull and don't wish to jeopardise that with any incorrect media reports regarding my future."

The Storm have ruled themselves out, however a number of other NRL clubs are sure to put their hands up should he become available.

Storm chief executive Brian Waldron confirmed on Monday his club was not in position to offer Crocker a deal for 2009.

"We're actually helping him get overseas because that's what he wants to do and we're providing him with some character references," Waldron said.

"From a playing roster point of view there's no room and financially we couldn't reward him."

The Bulldogs had been seen as one potential new home given their salary cap space, but chief executive Todd Greenberg on Monday denied having any talks with Crocker's management.

Hull coach Richard Agar said the decision was a "big blow" to their 2009 campaign which is due to start on February 13.

"It did take us by surprise," Agar told the Hull Daily Mail.

"We were aware the landscape had changed (for work visa applications), and after Todd Carney had has his visa refused there was an element of doubt.

"But we still remained confident Michael would be okay."

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