Deacon to extend Wigan playing career

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The former captain of Bradford, Paul Deacon, who joined Wigan a year ago for what was meant to be one final season as a player, has signed a new contract for 2011. The half-back, 31, had intended to take up coaching next season but has decided to extend his playing career after playing a key role in the Warriors' Grand Final success.

"We are pleased that Paul will be able to play on next season," said the Wigan coach Michael Maguire. "He is a superb organiser for us and his experience is invaluable to the team. Paul was always keen to play on and he will be an integral part of the side for 2011."

Deacon, who made 20 appearances for the Warriors this year, will continue to concentrate on playing before taking up a three-year contract as assistant coach from 2012.

Leeds, meanwhile, have signed the New Zealand Maori forward Weller Hauraki, 25, from Crusaders on a three-year contract.