Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.

Dragons' move for Kear falls through

Wakefield have confirmed that their coach John Kear is staying with them – for another season at least – rather than joining Catalan Dragons.

The former Paris St Germain and French national coach was the man the Catalans wanted to replace Kevin Walters, who is leaving at the end of the season.

Kear was interviewed but the deal foundered on the issue of compensation to Wakefield for the remaining year of his contract. "Faced with the possibility of having to pay Wakefield compensation, the Dragons have switched their attention from their favoured choice," a Wakefield statement said.

"I was flattered to be identified by the Catalan Dragons and interested to hear of their plans for the future," Kear said.

Kear has been at the club since 2006 and last year guided them to fifth place in Super League.

Ben Galea has pledged his future to Hull KR. The Australian forward has agreed a one-year contract extension.