Rugby League: Broncos given boost by Timu signing

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London Broncos have stepped up their rebuilding for next season, making their most eye-catching capture so far with the signing of the New Zealand Test centre and former All Black, John Timu.

The double international has been a regular in Kiwi sides since switching codes with the Australian club Canterbury in 1995. It was his two late tries, for instance, that beat Great Britain in the first match of last year's Test series.

Newly promoted Huddersfield have been given permission to talk to St Helens' prolific 20-year-old winger, Danny Arnold, who is unsettled because of a dispute over pay.

Castleford have transfer-listed their centre, Grant Anderson, while Featherstone's former Great Britain Academy international, Darren Hughes, has announced his intention of retiring at the age of 23 after rejecting a new contract.

Clubs have been told that they will not be penalised financially if they choose not to field teams in the Alliance competition next season.

The Rugby League is in court in Leeds today trying to lift an injunction preventing it from considering Keighley's membership and funding for next season. The League's chief executive, Maurice Lindsay, has said that Keighley - who hope to announce new financial backing today - will be allowed to take part, but the question of their cash allocation has still to be decided.