Rugby League: Hetherington signs three players from Eagles
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Thursday 12 December 1996
Sheridan and Lawford were both products of Sheffield's successful junior scouting system. Their arrival will probably end Leeds' interest in Warrington's transfer-listed Iestyn Harris.
Farrell, rather over-ambitiously, touted as "the new Ellery Hanley" in his younger days, has had his career so far blighted by injury, but Hetherington remains a firm admirer.
The bearer of a famous Rugby League name will head the Super League's clubs' quest for a higher profile next year with the appointment Colin Myler as the first chief executive of Rugby League Europe.
Myler, born in Widnes and a member of a clan that includes numerous distinguished players, will be based in London. His presence there may help to tap greater marketing opportunities.
The First and Second Division clubs, which have recently formed a cohesive power bloc of their own, have also advertised for a general manager.
In Sydney, the Australian Rugby League have made an even more significant appointment. Their new chief executive, replacing John Quayle, who resigned last month, is the Balmain president, Neil Whittaker.
Whittaker, 38, has had both sorts of education. He is a university graduate and a former hooker for Balmain in the Winfield Cup.
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