Edwards 'interested' in Broncos move

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London Broncos have emerged as favourites to sign Shaun Edwards if Wigan cannot satisfy his need for assurances about his future.

Edwards, the club's 29-year-old captain, has told Wigan that he wants an extension of his contract, which has 16 months to run, or a move. The Wigan board is due to discuss the stance of the player, who has only been used as a substitute in recent games, next week.

But London, who signed Edwards' great friend, Martin Offiah, from Wigan three weeks ago, have already tried to stake a claim for his services.

"My future is a matter for negotiation at the moment, but if Wigan did decide to let me go I would be interested in what the Broncos would have to say," Edwards said.

Offiah's presence at the club would not harm London's hopes of signing Edwards. The two players share the same agent and Edwards already spends considerable time in London with his girl-friend, the M People singer, Heather Small.

The Australian Rugby League has offered to make all its contracted players available for the New Zealand-Great Britain Test series this autumn - but only if both countries drop their insistence on only playing opposition aligned to the rival Super League organisation.

The ARL has banned Gary Connolly, Jason Robinson and Lee Jackson from playing for Britain in the series.

The St Helens coach, Shaun McRae, has turned down the chance to help New Zealand in the series. McRae, an Australian, says he wants a rest this winter.

Pierre Chamorin, the Paris St-Germain captain, has been suspended for two matches after being sent off for a high tackle at Castleford last week.

The Bramley player-coach, Ray Ashton, has been suspended for 16 games for two sendings-off - eight for use of the knees against Barrow and eight for a spear tackle against Doncaster.

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