Widnes administrator confirms two offers on table for club

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The administrator given the task of finding new owners for Widnes says that there are two offers on the table for the stricken club.

The Vikings, who went into administration soon after losing the National League One Grand Final to Castleford, are still hoping to set their ship in order in time to make a credible Super League licence application next year.

The administrator, Jonathan Avery-Gee, said that two parties had shown interest in taking over the club and that they have been asked to submit detailed business plans. A change of ownership would then have to be approved by the Rugby League.

Meanwhile, the exodus of the club's players has continued with the departure of the promising young forward, Adam Sidlow, for Salford, who also signed Richard Myler this week.

Andy Hay, the former Great Britain forward, has been appointed as Castleford's full-time assistant coach for next season.

Two other codes of football could look to rugby league to solve a refereeing conundrum. The Australian Football League and the Gaelic Athletic Association scrapped their annual series under a hybrid Aussie Rules and Gaelic Football format in 2006 because of violence on the field. Now they believe that bringing in referees from a different sport could sort out the problem, and the Rugby League's head of referees said that their approach would be considered. "We will be interested to look at their proposals," Stuart Cummings said.

One of the historic names from the past will make a comeback today, with the relaunch of Broughton Rangers. The Manchester club were in the League until relocating to Belle Vue in 1946 and going out of business nine years later. Now Rangers are being re-established as a community club under the wing of Salford City Reds.

The former St Helens and Hull full-back, Steve Prescott, will kick off the Centenary International between the Northern Union and the All Golds at Warrington tomorrow. Prescott, who is under treatment for a rare form of stomach cancer, has just completed a 200-mile walk across the north of England, raising more than £50,000 for Christie's Hospital and the Rugby League Benevolent Fund.

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