McGuire's deal ends fears of union move

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Leeds Rhinos have re-signed the Great Britain stand-off, Danny McGuire, for another two years but have denied that they are the British club leading the hunt for Sonny Bill Williams. The Rhinos have ended any fear that McGuire could be lured to rugby union, or by an Australian club, by extending his contract until the end of the 2008 season.

Leeds Rhinos have re-signed the Great Britain stand-off, Danny McGuire, for another two years but have denied that they are the British club leading the hunt for Sonny Bill Williams. The Rhinos have ended any fear that McGuire could be lured to rugby union, or by an Australian club, by extending his contract until the end of the 2008 season.

"I'm a Leeds lad," said the 22-year-old McGuire. "A lot of people have talked about me switching codes or going to the [National Rugby League], but I see my immediate future here."

The apparent decision of Andy Farrell to switch to union has fed rumours of other leading league talents being targeted.

Leeds chief executive, Gary Hetherington, has denied that it is they who have tabled a massive offer for Williams, when his contract at Canterbury expires at the end of this year.

Wigan have also reiterated that they are not yet chasing Williams as a potential replacement for Farrell.

Warrington have suspended their teenage winger, Phil Berry, while the Rugby League carries out a drug-taking enquiry, and Leigh's Oliver Wilkes has been suspended for one match after being sent off for a high tackle against Huddersfield.

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