Friday 3 January
Tony Smith says that he will decide on who will be his new captain throughout the upcoming pre-season friendlies but insists he is still in no rush to make a decision. “We’ll nail that in the next week or two. We might even play our first game without necessarily naming the captain for the year. We want to see how they go under that sort of pressure. We may even have a couple of captains in the friendlies and see how they each function and go about it,” he told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien.
Kristian Woolf believes that his squad’s warm weather pre-season camp to Tenerife next week will have huge benefits for the group in terms of preparing for the 2020 campaign but also bonding as a group. He told St Helens Star’s Mike Critchley: “We all liked the idea and think we will get plenty of benefit out of it. It is going to be good for the squad and for the coaching staff and means not only will we be able to get more work into them on the field, but also off the field.”
Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien is reporting that Hull KR have suffered a fresh injury blow with new signing Joe Keyes suffering a knee problem in training. He writes: “Keyes is unlikely to make that trip to Belle Vue after sustaining a knee injury during a field session. The Ireland international is in a knee brace and will undergo scans to discover the extent of the issue.”
Adrian Lam is confident that youngster Morgan Smithies has the temperament to be twice the player he was in 2019 even after a hugely successful debut season with Wigan. “The danger with any young player is that they get ahead of themselves, that’s always a concern. “We haven’t seen any of that yet with Morgan. He’s come back heavier this time around which isn’t a bad thing, so his speed and strength will improve as well as his knowledge of the whole game,” he said to Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson.
Brian McDermott admits he has been extremely impressed by shape and training standards of star signing Sonny Bill Williams after he reported for his first day of training at the club this week. He said to CBC’s Neil Davidson: “He’s come back in great shape. The guy’s a training freak, anyway, a gym freak. You can’t keep him out of the gym. He looks good.”