Departing Langer adds to Wolves' troubles

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Warrington, already without a coach, are set to lose their on-field general, with Allan Langer asking to end his contract early.

The former Australian Test scrum-half is nearing the end of his two-year deal with the club, but has been troubled with an ankle injury for several weeks. Negotiations are going on between Langer and Warrington about releasing him and the club are to be sympathetic to his request.

The Wolves have had appalling luck with overseas signings this year, with Kevin Campion changing his mind after signing, Kevin Walters going home after a few weeks and Andrew Gee and David Kidwell suffering long-term injuries. Their coach, Darryl Van de Velde, has returned to Australia after fans demonstrated for him to leave before his planned departure at the end of the season.

Warrington had hoped to appoint Neil Kelly this week, but he has opted to stay with Widnes. That leaves the former Wigan and Great Britain player Shaun Edwards and the Leeds back-room man, Steve Anderson, as the remaining candidates.

Super League clubs are to debate making their board of directors independent of club affiliations next week. The chairman of the organisation and of Bradford, Chris Caisley, one of four club representatives on the current board, says that he supports the change.

"It would be a hugely positive step," said Caisley, who also wants the Rugby Football League to make a similar move and Super League to clamp down on cross-ownership, where individuals have interests in more than one club.

Huddersfield, who hope to develop their old ground at Fartown as a base for rugby development, are to sign Martin Moana from Halifax, in exchange for Dale Cardoza.