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WARRINGTON have turned down an au­da­cious bid by Leigh for vet­eran hooker Micky Higham.

The 34-year-old hasn’t missed a game for the Wolves this sea­son but that didn’t stop the am­bi­tious Cham­pi­onship lead­ers from launch­ing a bid.

They see Higham’s ex­pe­ri­ence as be­ing cru­cial to their ti­tle charge.

But while Micky is keep­ing reign­ing Man Of Steel Daryl Clark out of the side, there’s lit­tle chance of him leav­ing the Hal­li­wellJones Sta­dium.

A Warrington state­ment said: “Warrington Wolves can con­firm that the club has re­ceived a re­quest from Leigh Cen­tu­ri­ons to sign Micky Higham with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

“Micky is con­tracted at the Wolves un­til the end of the 2015 sea­son and, as such the club has turned down this re­quest from the Cham­pi­onship side.

“He is a key part of our first team and one of our more in­flu­en­tial and ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers. We be­lieve he has a big role to play in the fu­ture suc­cess of 2015.”

It would have been a home­com­ing for Higham, who started his ca­reer at Leigh be­fore mov­ing to St He­lens and Wi­gan for good spells ahead of pitch­ing up at Warrington seven years ago where he has been a key man in the club’s suc­cesses.

Across the Pen­nines, Hull FC owner Adam Pear­son says he’s still 100% be­hind the club de­spite tak­ing the helm at Leeds United.

He has owned Hull since 2011 but has just stepped up his role at El­land Road, where he will be ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor.

Pear­son said: “I’ve con­tin­ued to be in­volved with op­por­tu­ni­ties else­where in sport and busi­ness but that changes noth­ing in terms of my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and own­er­ship at Hull FC.

“Join­ing the board at Leeds United is an ex­cit­ing prospect and one I’m look­ing for­ward to af­ter a num­ber roles in foot­ball in the past.

“How­ever, I re­main to­tally com­mit­ted to Hull FC, hav­ing made a big com­mit­ment and con­tri­bu­tion to the club, both emo­tion­ally and fi­nan­cially, and look for­ward to see­ing the club con­tinue to grow.”

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