Sporting digest: Rugby league

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Second Division Oldham yesterday signed the versatile Paul Crook on loan from Super League side Hull Sharks with a view to a permanent deal.

Wigan Warriors are working out a new deal to keep coach John Monie at Central Park. The highly-rated Australian signed on for a year when he returned to the club for his second spell last November.

Two First Division clubs have acted to tie up their coaches to long-term contracts. Leaders Wakefield Trinity have secured the services of coach Andy Kelly, whose current contract was due to expire at the end of this year, for another two years, and fast-improving Keighley have signed up Lee Crooks until the end of next season.