Warriors and Wolves silent over future of Gleeson

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Both clubs were playing their cards close to their chests last night over the possible transfer of Martin Gleeson from Warrington Wolves to Wigan Warriors.

The Great Britain and England centre is wanted by his home-town club, but their chief executive, Mick Hogan, said that they were not expecting to make any announcement.

Wigan have offered players in part-exchange, but Warrington may be more tempted by a straight money deal. The 28-year-old is under contract until the end of the 2010 season, but is understood to have an agreement with the Wolves that they will release him after this season if he has the option of playing in Australia, where he spent much of his youth.

Wakefield Wildcats are set to give their new signing, Frank Winterstein, his debut tomorrow night. The Samoa second row, who played for the Australian club, Canterbury, last season, only arrived on Saturday, but has gone straight into John Kear's 19-man squad for the Challenge Cup fourth-round tie against Leigh.

The Wildcats' reserve grade side will wear the name of their former team-mate, Leon Walker, on their jerseys for the rest of this season. Walker died during the game against the Celtic Crusaders at Maesteg 11 days ago and his funeral is in Leeds today.