Bradford waiting for Paul

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Bradford's kingpin, Henry Paul, has asked the club for more time to decide whether he will sign with them again or take up one of his numerous other offers.

The Kiwi stand-off had a meeting with his coach, Brian Noble, yesterday at which he told him he could not yet make up his mind about his future. Reports from the southern hemisphere suggest that Paul will join the Australian club Canterbury, or switch codes to play Super 12 in New Zealand.

"But Henry is dead straight and if he had signed for anyone we would be the first to know," the Bulls chief executive, Abi Ekoku, said. "He has family issues to resolve and has asked us for more time. He has offers ­ some concrete, some not ­ from all over the place."

Paul has been a key man for Bradford over the last three seasons and Ekoku hopes to have an answer from him after the Anzac Day Test against Australia in mid-July.

Hull have continued the rebuilding of their pack for next season by signing the Cronulla forward, Sean Ryan, on a two- year contract. The club has already brought in Scott Logan from the Sydney Roosters, while Craig Greenhill will arrive from Penrith for next season ­ offsetting the loss of Luke Felsch and Tony Grimaldi, who are returning to Australia.

Huddersfield say that Wigan's Simon Haughton has cooled on the prospect of joining them. The Giants had offered the second-rower a contract with a release clause if they are not in Super League next season.

Huddersfield will still have two new players against London on Sunday, with the prop Troy Stone having arrived from Australia and Stanley Gene coming on loan from Hull. Gene could be a timely replacement for the half-back Mark Moxon, who is out for a month with an eye injury. The Giants hooker Paul Rowley has escaped suspension despite being found guilty of striking a Salford opponent last weekend.

Castleford's Australian-born half-back, Mark Lennon, has been selected for Wales for the first time for next month's game against England. London's back-rower, Steffan Hughes, is another newcomer in a squad captained by Iestyn Harris.

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