Rugby league: Offiah one try from history

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MARTIN OFFIAH, the London Broncos winger, is planning to continue playing into the millennium and is set to become the third leading try- scorer of all time. He is enjoying his game so much that he is already considering extending his career beyond his 33rd birthday.

Offiah, who goes into Sunday's Silk Cut Challenge Cup quarter-final with Hull KR at The Stoop needing just one more try to move into joint fourth in the all-time list - equalling the former Wakefield, Hunslet, Bradford and Featherstone player Eric Batten's tally of 443 tries- signed a new two-year deal with the Broncos at the end of last season.

That followed his decision to end his rugby union commitments with Bedford and enabled him to enjoy his first break from rugby since the summer of 1995. Offiah said: "I signed a new two-year contract at the end of last season and I thought that would have to be it. But the way I feel now I can't really see myself retiring at the end of next season."

The former Great Britain forward Lee Crooks has been confirmed as the new coach of Keighley while Phil Hassan, the Leeds threequarter, has completed a loan move to Salford Reds.