Walker set for Leeds return after release

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Leeds' international centre Chev Walker has been released from his young offenders' institution and could be back in action before the end of the month.

Walker has been released after serving five months of an 18-month sentence for his part in a brawl outside a Leeds nightclub. His team-mate Ryan Bailey came out two months ago after serving part of his nine-month sentence.

"He's just glad to be able to put it all behind him and get back into the action as soon as possible," a Leeds spokesman said. Walker's opportunity could come as early as the Boxing Day friendly against Castleford.

The only complication is that Walker will have to wear an electronic tag for the next two months. It is due to be fitted later this week.

Eddie McGuinness, the former Bradford coach now at Salford, who was the victim of the glassing incident which saw the Bulls' Leon Pryce sentenced to 120 hours of community service, has denied ever asking for £40,000 to drop the case. The accusation was made during the defence case at Teesside Crown Court.

Leigh have re-signed their former player Andrew Isherwood from Widnes.

The Rugby League has refused to confirm reports that the defunct professional club Bramley is to be admitted to next season's National League Three. The Leeds-based club, to be known as the Buffaloes, are expected to join an expanded 14-team division.

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