Wakefield Trinity have denied that they have undermined the position of their coach, Andy Kelly, by appointing two men to work alongside him. Kelly, a contender for coach of the year as Trinity established themselves in Super League last season, has seen his team win just three times this season.
"Looking at our last 10 games, there has been no pattern," said the club's chief executive, John Pearman, announcing the appointment of Tony Kemp as assistant coach and the extension of the duties of the general manager, John Harbin, to include an overseeing role with the first team. "Andy's role will remain undiminished, but this is a way of giving him some help."
Kemp, a New Zealand international and last year's Wakefield captain, will remain registered as a player, but his long record of injuries makes it unlikely that he will appear very often on the field. "His long-term future lies in coaching and he has a lot to offer in that regard," said Pearman, who will see the new structure in operation for the first time at Bradford on Sunday.
Batley's Wayne Flynn has been banned for one match following a family feud in the local derby against Dewsbury. Flynn was found guilty of pushing his brother, the Dewsbury winger, Adrian, into an advertising hoarding after he had scored a try.
Sean Long and Matthew Elliott have emerged as the outstanding figures in the opening weeks of the Super League season. Long, the St Helens and Great Britain scrum-half, has been named as Tetley's Super League player of the month for March and April, during which Saints went on an unbeaten run of six games. Elliott's Bradford Bulls won every match during March and April, winning him the coach of the month award. Since the award was decided, Bradford have also won the Challenge Cup.
The London Broncos' coach, John Monie, has over-ruled Paul Davidson, who wanted to play against Leeds tonight despite a broken arm. That means Glen Air will make his second debut for the club, having returned after being released at the end of last season.
Leeds, in their second match since defeat in the Cup final, recall Darren Fleary, Anthony Farrell, Richie Blackmore and Daryl Powell after resting them against Salford on Tuesday. Iestyn Harris reverts to full-back and Leroy Rivett is left out. Monie does not believe that this is necessarily a good time to play them. "I'd rather have played them in the middle of their losing run," he said. "They have a lot of good players and were always going to turn their season around."
The Broncos are coming off victories over Hull and Wakefield and hope that their crowd at The Valley will be swelled by special offers to Charlton Athletic supporters.
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