Rugby League: Reilly denies Australian links: Halifax and Great Britain coach is keen to stay at home

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THE Halifax and Great Britain coach Malcolm Reilly has angrily denied pursuing jobs with the Sydney clubs, Eastern Suburbs and Western Suburbs.

'I still have two years of my contract with Halifax to run,' he said. 'All I want to do is beat the Aussies, win the World Cup with England and lead Halifax to success.'

Widnes stand to pocket pounds 240,000 in return for the latest departures from their disintegrating side. A transfer tribunal has ruled that St Helens must pay pounds 135,000 for Bobby Goulding, plus another pounds 25,000 if the scrum-half plays four games for Great Britain or England.

With Goulding apparently restored to Test contention as the understudy to Wigan's Shaun Edwards, there must be every prospect of Saints eventually having to pay the full amount.

Halifax must make an initial payment of pounds 50,000 for the injury- plagued Welsh second-row Paul Moriarty, plus increments of pounds 15,000 after 20 and 40 games.

London Broncos say they remain confident of signing the Australian captain Mal Meninga as well as another Winfield Cup first- teamer - a prop with 200 games' experience - for the new season. Meninga would join the Broncos, coached by his old friend Gary Grienke after the Kangaroo tour this autumn.

Leigh have given their scrum- half Jason Donohue a free transfer because they cannot afford his contract. Donohue spent the end of last season on loan to Leeds.

There is to be a 12-month experiment whereby a referee nominated by the visiting country, rather than a neutral official, will take charge of a Test series. An Australian referee will control this year's Ashes series in England.

Hong Kong has emerged as the favourite venue for the staging of the World Club Challenge between the champion clubs of the two countries next summer.

Oldham are to sign Gary Rose, the Leeds forward who missed last season's Challenge Cup final with a broken arm.