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Friday 1 November

John Bateman admits he would be happy to finish his career in the NRL despite originally struggling with homesickness. The former Wigan man joined Canberra on a two year deal, helping them to their first Grand Final in 25 years, and now says he could see himself staying in Australia. He told totalrl.com’s Aaron Bower: “I originally just wanted to come here and see my two or three years out, but I’m enjoying life over here, and I call Canberra home now. Maybe one day I’ll come back to Super League, but genuinely if I played out the rest of my career here, I think I would be happy to do so.”

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Lee Radford acknowledges that although it never bothered him as a player, squad numbers can give a psychological boost to some of his players. Hull return from pre-season on Monday and their boss admits he won’t decide on numbers until further down the line. He told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “Some players want a squad number and some aren’t that bothered. There’s no psychology behind it, it’s just literally that we haven’t got round to it.

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Stevie Ward admits he can’t wait to rip into Leeds Rhinos 2020 pre-season after a horror season with injury. Ward missed the majority of the 2019 campaign with a serious knee injury and is chomping at the bit to get back into the swing of things. He told the club website: “I’ve had a good break and now I’m feeling fit and ready to go. I spent a lot of time in rehab but played the last two games of 2019 and ticked some boxes, I think we can do something special with this team next season and it’s exciting.

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George Lawler believes Hull KR have put together a squad to make big strides in 2020. The Robins narrowly escaped relegation, but a host of new names coming through the door have given the young forward confidence the club can avoid a repeat of this season. He told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien: “We want to be up there with the best teams and we’ve got a squad to challenge those big teams and cause a few upsets along the way.”

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Totalrl.com’s Matt Shaw reports that Huddersfield Giants are frustrated by missing out on young Bradford talent Matty Storton. The Giants made a significant bid to sign the rising star, but the Bulls instead accepted an offer from Hull KR for the 20-year-old and four other Bradford players. Shaw writes: “That has frustrated the Giants, who thought they had made a more than competitive offer given the figures they had offered compared to the eventual deal struck with the Robins.”