Wakefield end interest in signing Sculthorpe

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Wakefield have ended their interest in signing Paul Sculthorpe. The former Great Britain captain, who is not being retained by St Helens, was linked with a move to Belle Vue, where he could have played alongside his younger brother, Danny.

Yesterday Trinity said that they could not afford him. "We've been informed by the Wakefield club that their salary cap won't allow them to enter negotiations," said Sculthorpe's agent, David Howes, who predicted that Salford might now revive their interest.

Sculthorpe is expected to play at Huddersfield tomorrow, hoping to prove his fitness for next Saturday's Challenge Cup final.

"He just needs to get some game time," said Saints' coach, Daniel Anderson, of the loose forward who has managed just 12 games this season.

The prop Nick Fozzard is also hoping to show that he is match fit after a knee injury, but the second row Maurie Fa'asavalu is still missing. Saints have agreed a new two-year deal with another forward, Bryn Hargreaves.

Wakefield, who have lost their last eight games, are at the Catalan Dragons tonight and have Adam Watene back in their squad. Their chances are better than they might have been, as the Catalans are without eight first-team regulars.

Castleford will be condemned to last place in Super League if they fail to beat Warrington at The Jungle tomorrow. They are without Joe Westerman, who has a foot injury, as well as the suspended Scott Moore. Warrington have the 18-year-old American-born Taylor Welch on stand-by for his debut.

Leeds have re-signed two young players. Luke Burgess has agreed to stay until 2011 and Carl Ablett has signed for next season. Burgess had been linked to a move to Bradford, the club which employs his brother, the Great Britain prop Sam.

The Rugby Football League has announced that no clubs will face punishment for breaching their 2007 salary cap.

Hunslet, bottom of National League Two, say they may have to leave the South Leeds Stadium because the local council has installed a wind turbine 25 yards from the touchline. Hunslet say their pitch will be unusable because of "noise and disrupted airflow".

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