Rugby League: Salford extend Harvey's tenure

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JOHN HARVEY, the Salford coach, has been given another year in charge of the club after guiding them to Super League survival. Harvey, who took over from Andy Gregory in mid-season, succeeded in keeping Salford away from the threat of relegation and has been rewarded with another short-term contract.

"They want to take it one year at a time and that's fine by me," Harvey said. "There's a lot of work to be done in the close season, but I'm very optimistic abut the future."

The club's chief executive, David Tarry, said: "We have been impressed with the performances of the team and with the way John has handled the situation."

Another set to keep his job is Les Kiss, who has been coaching the London Broncos in conjunction with their chief executive, Tony Rea, since Dan Stains was sacked halfway through the season.

The Castleford captain, Adrian Vowles, has forced his way into the Super League Dream Team at loose forward, in preference to his opposite number in Sunday's play-off match, Wigan's Andy Farrell. His team-mate Dean Sampson is also in the side, despite being ignored by the Wigan and Great Britain coach, Andy Goodway, while there are three players from Wigan included in the team, which is selected by a panel at the end of the regular season.

The Super League leaders, Bradford, have been made 13-8 favourites to win the Grand Final, with Castleford the rank outsiders at 16-1.

Steve Presley has been put in charge of refereeing what on this season's showing is a potentially volatile play-off between St Helens and Leeds on Friday night, with Stuart Cummings officiating between Wigan and Castleford on Sunday. Russell Smith, much criticised after a previous Saints-Leeds encounter this season, is in charge of the Hunslet-Widnes play-off game in The Northern Ford Premiership.

Like the rest of us, Smith will not be entirely sure yet which ground he should go to, given the continuing dispute over home advantage for the match. The Rugby League said last night that is was still scheduled for Hunslet, but admitted that the situation could change before Sunday.

SUPER LEAGUE DREAM TEAM: Radlinski; Robinson, Connolly (all Wigan) Newlove (St Helens), Daylight (Gateshead); Harris (Leeds), Peters (Gateshead); Sampson (Castleford), Lowes (Bradford), McDermott (Leeds), Joynt (St Helens), Morley (Leeds), Vowles (Castleford).