Sigsworth heads Hull shortlist

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Phil Sigsworth, the former Australian full-back, has emerged as a front- runner for the vacant coach's job at Hull. Sigsworth, the former Newtown, Manly and Canterbury player, who appeared for the Kangaroos in 1981, is in the country and is being interviewed for the position.

Although Stephen Ball, the Hull chief executive, said that Sigsworth's is one name on a shortlist of three or four candidates, he is regarded on Humberside as the strong favourite to get the nod.

Others who have been mentioned are two other Australians, Shaun McRae, a member of their World Cup coaching staff, and Darryl Van de Velde, the former Castleford coach, as well as the former Hull and New Zealand player, Gary Kemble.

"Those names are just speculation," said Ball, who may be able to announce an official decision later this week.

Since retiring as a player, Sigsworth has coached in the Metropolitan Cup competition in Sydney, taking charge of the Ryde-Eastwood club last season. Phil Windley, who had been coaching Hull this season while a full-time appointment was considered, resigned last week.

Ken Arthurson, the executive chairman of the Australian , is to meet representatives of the clubs who have declared their loyalty to the ARL to discuss a possible compromise with the breakaway Super League.

Arthurson has had meetings with News Limited, the instigators of Super League, and an agreement between the media barons Rupert Murdoch and Kerry Packer over television rights has been reached. ARL clubs, however, will inevitably argue against any deal that puts their future at risk.

Two of Arthurson's adversaries, John Ribot and Maurice Lindsay, the Super League chiefs in Australia and Britain respectively , are on their way to Los Angeles for a major meeting on the way ahead. Representatives from Britain's Super League clubs will arrive there by the weekend.

Neil Harmon of Leeds and Terry Matterson of the London Broncos will be free to take part in their clubs' Regal Trophy ties at the weekend after being found to have no case to answer despite being placed on report for incidents in games last week.

London are expected to announce their permanent home in the capital at Charlton Athletic today, and remain keenly interested in Barrie-Jon Mather, despite Wigan's threat to take out an injunction against any club that tries to sign him.

Another Wigan World Cup player, Andrew Farrell, has been told that he will be out for up to six weeks and will need an operation to clear up a groin injury.