London Broncos have been given another major boost for next season with the decision of their captain, Jim Dymock, to re-sign for another year. At 31, the Australian international was widely expected to retire after this campaign, his third in London, but now the club hopes that he will be the first of many to commit himself to the cause.
"It's a major signing for the club," said the Broncos' chief executive, Nic Cartwright. "Jim is a massive influence on what we are doing down here and we now hope that others will follow him in re-signing."
The Broncos announced earlier this week that they will be staying at Brentford for another five years and they hope that stability will persuade others, like the prolific try-scoring half-back, Dennis Moran, to stick with them.
Halifax's utility back, Daryl Cardiss, has moved to Warrington and could figure for them in this Sunday's match at London. The former Wigan player had been seeking a transfer for some time and, now that Halifax are as good as relegated, the club saw no reason to stand in his way and let him move as a free agent.
"We've been keeping a watching brief for some time. His versatility, his pace and his combination of experience and potential are all factors in signing him," said the Warrington coach, Paul Cullen. "We needed someone proficient in at least a couple of positions to put pressure on our backs."
Cullen could need Cardiss this weekend, because one of his regular centres, Ian Sibbit, has a hamstring strain.
Jon Sharp, who has been appointed coach for next season in succession to the Leeds-bound Tony Smith, has had discussions about the club's playing staff with Huddersfield's chief executive, Ralph Rimmer, with a view to starting recruitment for next year. Sharp is completing the season as assistant coach at St Helens.
The Australian forward, Jarrod O'Doherty, will not be staying with Huddersfield next season after deciding not to take up the option of a second year with the Giants.
Leigh and Keighley are in line to host the National League One and Two representative sides' matches against the New Zealand Residents in the autumn. The tourists will also play Great Britain, Cumbria and Warrington, in the last match at Wilderspool.
Super League expects to set a record this weekend for the number of five-figure gates in a season. The previous best of 38 has already been equalled and fixtures between Leeds and Wigan on Friday and Bradford and St Helens on Saturday should set a new high.Reuse content