Australian McKinnon to join Hull
Hull have clinched the signing of the Australian full-back Wade McKinnon from Wests Tigers. The 30-year-old former New Zealand Warriors, Parramatta and South Sydney player will arrive next season on a three-year contract, having been released from the final year of his deal with his present club.
"Hull are a big club with big ambitions and that is something I want to be a part of," McKinnon (right) said. He will wear the number one shirt next season, which throws some doubt upon the future of the current specialist in that position, Cameron Phelps. The former Wigan full-back is only under contract to the end of this season, but the Hull coach, Richard Agar, denies that McKinnon's arrival means that Phelps will not be re-signed.
"Cameron provides us with terrific value on the salary cap and we could certainly be making him a new offer," Agar said. "He is a full-back who can also play wing or centre and his performances over the rest of the season will determine whether he is offered a new deal. It is important he strings a run of games together."
Phelps' immediate prospects of doing that do not look good, after he limped out of the defeat by Huddersfield early in the match on Sunday with a hamstring injury.
Hull are waiting to assess the seriousness of the injury, but he looks very doubtful for the derby at Hull KR this Sunday. By contrast, Sean Long's prospects look brighter. He has had two wires removed from the thumb he fractured six weeks ago and is back in training.
Warrington have confirmed that their 19-year-old half-back, Gareth O'Brien, will miss the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage in the Challenge Cup victory over Swinton. O'Brien, who has made a handful of impressive first-team appearances this season, will need major surgery on the injury.
Dewsbury have criticised Sheffield Eagles' decision to stage the Championship match between the two sides on "a school field".
Sheffield have moved Friday's fixture to Mount St Mary's College in Spinkhill because both their regular grounds, Bramall Lane and the Don Valley Stadium, are out of commission for re-seeding.
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Manchester United vs Liverpool - I don't understand why Brendan Rodgers was not more attacking against Basel
Jesus Christ plays for Chelsea - that's what one in five children thinks
Transfer Talk: Nemanja Vidic to return to Manchester United; Hazard to leave Chelsea; Sunderland want Radamel Falcao
Frank Warren column: Don't bet on Amir Khan landing pay day against Floyd Mayweather
Manchester United transfer news: Kevin Strootman move edges closer
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits record low as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Germany sees 'visible rise' in support for far-right extremism in response to perceived 'Islamisation' of the West