Long and Gleeson may face internal discipline

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St Helens are reserving the right to add their own punishment to any meted out by the Rugby League when they consider the betting allegations against Sean Long and Martin Gleeson tomorrow.

St Helens are reserving the right to add their own punishment to any meted out by the Rugby League when they consider the betting allegations against Sean Long and Martin Gleeson tomorrow.

The two players are accused of winning £900 by betting against Saints at Bradford on Easter Monday and an advisory panel with unlimited powers will hear the case in Leeds.

But their club has already completed its own investigation and could take its own action after the RFL's verdict.

"It's a possibility, but one we will look at in the context of what the Rugby League decides," said Saints' chief executive, Sean McGuire.

Saints also made a plea for "proportionality," arguing there was no criminal intent in the players' actions. "Anyone involved in something devious would have profited more than they are alleged to have done," McGuire said.

The oldest player in Super League, Warrington's Mike Forshaw, is retiring at the end of this season to fill the new role of performance and lifestyle adviser at the RFL.

The 34-year-old will work part-time in the post until winding up his playing career and going full-time.

Wigan have extended Luke Robinson's loan at Castleford although they can recall him at 24 hours' notice.

Gary Connolly, who has recently rejoined Wigan from Leeds, plans to play part-time for Orrell after retiring at the end of this season.

Hull's captain, Jason Smith, is wanted by Canberra Raiders in his native Australia whilst past master Brad Fittler is coming out of retirement to play for New South Wales in the second State of Origin match against Queensland.

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