Jamie Peacock has continued Bradford's process of building for the future by committing himself to a new, three-year contract.
The Great Britain second-row will be with the Bulls until the end of the 2005 season and revealed that the decision of his coach, Brian Noble, to sign up for a similar length of time had influenced him. "I think it is in my best interests to stay at the club [that] I believe is the best in the game," Peacock said.
Noble said: "Jamie is one of the best players in the British game and he is part and parcel of the stability I want to create at the club." The Bulls are also being linked with the Halifax centre Stuart Donlan.
Sheffield Eagles have signed the young Welsh winger Jon Breakingbury on a three-year contract after he impressed in two trial matches.
Breakingbury began his league career with the Cardiff Demons in the RL Conference and played for the Welsh Students side in the Europa Cup last year. He was snapped up by the Eagles after trials at Wigan and St Helens.
"Jon has fitted in well with the rest of the lads and has shown the enthusiasm for the game that I am looking for," said the Sheffield coach, Mark Aston, who also has four players who have played for England Students and one who has represented Scotland in his squad.
St Helens have released the two forwards they took on a month's loan to help them through their recent injury crisis. Dave Whittle will return to Leigh and Paul Southern goes back to Salford.
Wigan will have the experienced pair of Craig Smith and Gary Connolly in their side to play Leeds on Saturday after recovering from the injuries that ruled them out against Salford last weekend.
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