Potter waits in wings before taking over control at Catalan

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The Catalan Dragons' new head coach, Mick Potter, arrived in France last night but will keep a watching brief for the club's next Super League match.

Potter, previously the assistant coach at St George-Illawarra, flew in from Australia and will travel with his new side to England today. The match-day duties at Warrington on Saturday will be in the hands of David Waite, Paul Donkin and Matt Adamson, the trio who have coached the club since Steve Deakin was sacked in December.

Potter will take control in time for the Dragons' next match, at home to in-form Salford, on 25 March.

Six Super League clubs are queuing up to make offers to the New Zealand Test forward, Roy Asotasi, who is out of contract at his Australia club, Canterbury, at the end of this season.

Widnes have denied that David Peachey could be leaving them for Wigan. The Vikings signed the world-class Australian full-back last year, who joined them despite their relegation from Super League.

Now, however, rumours are linking him with Wigan, who have lost four of their first five Super League games and have seen their full-back, Kris Radlinski, retire because of injury.

"As far as I know, it's only a rumour," said the Widnes coach, Steve McCormack.

Peachey's exit would create an import slot at Widnes for a half-back, but Wigan's overseas quota is also full, with Brett Dallas, Dennis Moran and Bryan Fletcher all under contract.

Wigan are close to signing the Australian Test stand-off, Trent Barrett, on a three-year deal.

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