Posner's funds save Halifax from liquidation

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Halifax go into their final match of the National League One season at Widnes tomorrow with their immediate future apparently assured.

The club, founder members of the Rugby League and in Super League until three years ago, were threatened with going into liquidation next week because of an over-spend on players' wages. But their former chairman, Howard Posner, has returned to the club's board and lent them £35,000 to cover the shortfall.

Posner said he hoped for support from the local authority to finish the stadium they share with the town's football club.

Halifax, who still have a chance of making the play-offs if they win at Widnes, have also re-appointed Martin Hall as their coach for next season after giving him assurances about his playing budget.

In the same division, Oldham will become only the fourth team in the history of the game to lose every match in a league season if they are defeated at Whitehaven.

In Super League, Danny McGuire is missing from Leeds' team at St Helens today, but the club have denied that he will miss the rest of the domestic season and even the Tri-Nations this autumn because of his shin splints.

"It's a very frustrating injury for all of us, especially Danny, as it requires rest," said the Rhinos' physiotherapist, Patrick Moran. "However, his symptoms are subsiding and he should he able to return to playing soon with no long-term side effects."

The match will be the sixth McGuire has missed with the injury. Leeds are able to recall Lee Smith after a three-game absence.

The Catalans Dragons are racing to get their experienced forward Pascal Jampy fit to face Huddersfield today. Jampy, the only Dragons player also to have represented the previous French Super League club, Paris St Germain, has been out with a calf injury and is to retire at the end of this season.

In tomorrow's games, Wigan could put pressure on sixth place if they win at Harlequins, who have the half-back Thomas Leuluai - widely linked with a move to Wigan for next season - back in their squad after a five-week lay-off with a hamstring injury.

Matt Gafa and Mark Tookey are also back for Quins, while Wigan could include the winger Brett Dallas.

Warrington, the current occupants of sixth spot, have Paul Rauhihi back from suspension against Hull, while Paul Wood and Stuart Reardon are expected to recover from knocks to play.

The Brisbane Broncos coach, Wayne Bennett, has failed to scotch rumours that he is the man the Sydney Roosters want for their coaching vacancy after the departure of Ricky Stuart. The New Zealand coach, Brian McClennan, and St Helens' Daniel Anderson have also been linked with the job.

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