Rugby League: Blakeley set for recall at Salford

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The rival coaches in tomorrow's Silk Cut Challenge Cup quarter-final are adopting different approaches to their two talented stand-offs.

Salford's Andy Gregory has no qualms over bringing back Steve Blakeley in place of Ian Watson for his first match following a groin operation - or over making him captain.

"I don't know who came up with that expression about not changing a winning side," Gregory said. "Steve is a class player and he has that extra yard of pace."

His Warrington counterpart, John Dorahy, is treading cautiously in reintegrating the transfer-listed Great Britain stand-off, Iestyn Harris, into his side. Harris is again a substitute for the Salford game. "We have a fairly settled team and, whilst Iestyn will improve with every game, he still has some improving to do before he is ready for a full game," Dorahy said.

The St Helens forward Derek McVey will have a cast removed from a hairline crack in his wrist today and a decision will then be made on his fitness to face Keighley on Sunday.