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Barrie-Jon Mather has flown to Australia to take up a contract with a club there, thought to be the Western Reds in Perth. Mather claims to be a free agent after disputing his current contract with Wigan, who have threatened an injunction against any club that signs him.

Bruce McGuire, Warrington's 33-year-old Australian forward, yesterday announced his retirement through injury. McGuire has been struggling with shoulder trouble for the last two months and has decided to return to Australia.