Warrington tell Harris to stay at home

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Warrington have told Iestyn Harris, transter-listed at pounds 1.35m, that he must now train on his own at home. The order came just a day after Warrington informed the 20-year-old Welsh international that he would not be selected for their remaining three Super League games this season.

In a letter given to Harris when he reported for a training session at Wilderspool yesterday, the Warrington chief executive, John Smith, says: "We feel that having made your decision to move on, we cannot allow this to disrupt the rest of the team, who are fighting hard to regain fourth spot in the Super League.

"The constant uncertainty and speculation is detrimental to performance, and your obvious unhappiness is not having a positive effect on the other team members. To avoid any further friction, we wish you to train at home until advised otherwise."

Smith adds later in his letter: "Please do not see this as confrontational. We did not wish to lose your skills at this club but, in the light of your decision, we have to move on."

Tom Carroll, a spokesman for Harris, said: "No decision has been made on whether to play rugby union, but Iestyn has already said that he would prefer to stay in league with the option of playing union in the winter."

Featherstone Rovers have made their two most valuable players available for transfer in a bid to clear their debts. The First Division club, who have missed out on their chance of promotion to Super League, have listed the prop Steve Molloy and the stand-off Martin Pearson with "cash-only" price tags of pounds 100,000 apiece.

The Leeds coach, Dean Bell, has dismissed suggestions that he might be tempted to play in tonight's match at his old club Wigan, who will go back to the top of Super League, at least temporarily, if they win.

Bell came out of retirement to lead his team to victory over Paris 12 days ago, but stood down at Bradford last weekend. "I want to concentrate on my coaching, so that's it as far as playing is concerned."

Dean Clark, Graham Holroyd and David Hulme should all be fit after missing last week's match, but both Tony Kemp and Francis Cummins have undergone bone-graft operations and are out for the season.