Rugby League: Rovers place 1m pounds price tag on Newlove

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The Independent Online
FEATHERSTONE ROVERS are ready to put their Great Britain centre, Paul Newlove, on the transfer list, but say that it will cost pounds 1 million to buy him, writes Dave Hadfield.

Newlove has turned down what the club describe as the best offer they have ever made to anybody and will be out of contract at the end of this month.

'Paul Newlove is a unique talent and is without doubt the best centre in the world,' Terry Mullaney, a Featherstone committee member, said. 'We believe he is worth a million pounds and that is what clubs will have to pay if they want him.'

John Dorahy, Wigan's newly arrived coach, admitted to an interest in Newlove. 'He's an excellent player and I think he would be absolutely sensational in a really good side,' he said.

Wigan are undeniably in the market for a centre and Dorahy said: 'I want to get the best man for the job, but the pit is not bottomless.

Wigan set the world transfer record of pounds 440,000 when they bought Martin Offiah from Widnes 18 months ago, but Dorahy described that as 'special circumstances'.

Widnes are to allow their prop, Harvey Howard, to join Eastern Suburbs in Sydney on a short-term contract, provided he is back in time to prepare for the first match of the new season on 29 August.