Hull hoping Sing can hit high notes

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Hull have signed the Australian Test winger, Matt Sing, on a two-year contract, but look set to unload Danny Brough. Sing, capped 15 times by his country, will arrive next season as a direct replacement for Nathan Blacklock, who is retiring.

"We've agreed terms and we just need to get the contract signed and back to us," said the Hull head coach Peter Sharp of the 31-year-old from the North Queensland Cowboys.

Sing is his first signing as Hull coach, having missed out on the Australian forwards, Glenn Morrison and Steve Menzies, but he is willing to let Brough - one of the stars of last year's Challenge Cup triumph - leave the club.

Castleford are keen to take the half-back to The Jungle and Sharp admitted, "We've had a bit of interest in Danny. It might be an opportunity for him to play some football."

Leeds, who hope to have their coach, Tony Smith, out of hospital this week after gastroenteritis, have admitted to making an approach for the Manly forward, Kylie Leuluai.

A member of the well-known rugby league family, Leuluai would not count on the overseas quota because of his Samoan qualification. "He's a player we're interested in," said a club spokesman.

Bradford, who have rejected a second approach from Wigan for Paul Johnson, have agreed a three-year contract extension with their young prop, Matt James, who has impressed in his first two Super League games this season.

Wigan have persisted in their attempts to re-sign their former player, Johnson, who has played both wing and second row for Great Britain and is out of contract at the end of this season.

"Contrary to some speculation in the media, we have sold no players since Steve McNamara took over as head coach," said the Bradford chief executive, Gareth Davies.