Super League: Hull FC hope Liam Watts will be able to travel to face Catalan Dragons
Last Updated: 18/06/14 4:32pm
Passport issues could see Hull FC without Liam Watts for Saturday's clash with Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.
The prop has mislaid his passport and so far failed in his attempts to either find the original or obtain a replacement, with the backlog of applicants having risen by 200,000 in the last three months.
The Black and Whites are doing all they can to make sure the 23-year-old is able to travel to France for what is a crucial fixture against play-off rivals.
The Dragons currently sit in seventh place in the table, three points clear of their next opponents as the battle to finish in the top eight heats up in the second half of the season.
"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 has started Hull's last four Super League matches, including last Friday's 56-6 win away at Widnes.
Coach Lee Radford will be hoping the front rower is available as they aim to become just the second visiting side to triumph in the league at the home of the Dragons this year.
"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 added.