Rugby League: White welcomed

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WORKINGTON TOWN'S new Australian forward, Kyle White, flies into Britain tomorrow after resolving his work permit problems and he goes straight into the squad for the game against St Helens on Sunday, writes Dave Hadfield.

'He will bring in plenty of enthusiasm, which has been a bit lacking after our difficult start to the season,' Peter Walsh, the Workington coach, said.

He does not expect the former Great Britain winger, Des Drummond, to be available. Drummond flew to Cyprus at the weekend, following the death on holiday of his brother, the former Leigh and Swinton player, Alva.

Featherstone have offered their French winger, Frederic Banquet, a contract for the rest of the season. They also hope that the Canberra Raiders will release their new Australian triallist, Paul Osborne, so that he can fly to Britain next week.

Leigh's Australian coach, Steve Simms, is being linked with the job at Halifax soon to be vacated by Malcolm Reilly. Alex Murphy has applied for the position.

Widnes have signed yet another Myler - the 16-year-old loose-forward Danny, nephew of their coach, Tony Myler. He joins commercial manager Frank, assistant coach John and second-row forward Paul Myler at Naughton Park.

Leeds have added Marcus Vassilakopoulos, Nick Fozzard and Gary Rose to their squad for tonight's game at Wigan. Rose is facing possible suspension after being sent off in an Alliance match.

Clubs have been sent a series of proposals for the formation of a separate 'premier league' by the League's board of directors. Representatives will decide whether to accept the proposals, slightly amended from their first, informal draft, when they meet next month.

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