Noble delighted as Wigan tie up five-star future with key players

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Wigan have secured the future of five of their squad as they plan for next season. Richard Mathers is to stay on after being given this season to prove his durability, while Cameron Phelps has been given a new contract after arriving at the club in May.

Harrison Hansen and Lee Mossop have been given two-year extensions to their deals and Wigan have taken up the option of a second year for George Carmont, who has been almost ever-present in the centre this year. "I'm pleased that the future of these five players has been secured, providing important continuity within a developing Wigan squad," said the coach Brian Noble. He will be without another of his regulars next season, with Liam Colbon set to join Hull KR, while the Australian Todd Carney has opted to join Huddersfield rather than Wigan.

Meanwhile, Trent Barrett, the player Carney would have replaced at the JJB, says he will play on for the rest of the season, despite the pain from a nerve problem in his back. Barrett, who is leaving Wigan a year early to take up an offer from Cronulla, has declared himself fit for tomorrow night's game against St Helens.

The League is to try out a system of having a video referee at a non-televised game for the first time in the Hull derby on Sunday.

Hull have opened talks on a new contract with their Great Britain scrum-half Richard Horne, who made his comeback from a career-threatening neck injury in the Carnegie Challenge Cup final at Wembley on Saturday. Horne is considered to have proved his recovery with his brave performance in the final. If he re-signs, he will complete 10 years with his hometown club and qualify for a testimonial.

Oldham have extended the loan of Luke Menzies from Hull KR so that he can play in the National League Two play-offs.

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