Daily Wrap (Fri 04.10): Warrington season “a failure”, Peacock’s prediction, more!

The Daily Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.

Friday 4 October 2019

TotalRL.com’s Matt Shaw claims at least one senior Bradford player has invoked a contract termination following an alleged breach of terms. The Bulls are in special measures and unable to sign players or negotiate new contracts. Shaw writes: “Bradford officials were notified earlier today of the player’s intent to end their contract with the club due to issues relating to pension payments.”

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Warrington CEO Karl Fitzaptrick says the club’s season in 2019 has been a failure. The Wire were Challenge Cup winners in August but crashed out of the play-offs following a alarming dip in form. Fitzpatrick told the Warrington Guardian’s Matt Turner: “I think it has been a failure. How is finishing fourth and crashing out in the first round of the play-offs not a failure?”

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Jamie Peacock is predicting a win for his former coach Brian McDermott in tomorrow’s Championship Grand Final. The Wolfpack will secure promotion to Super League at the second attempt if they can overcome Featherstone on home turf. Peacock told the Daily Mirror: “Featherstone have been fantastic over the last few weeks but this might be one game too far. Throw in their part-time status and the travel schedule and I think the Wolfpack could pull away in the closing stages.”

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Wigan forward Liam Farrell has described teammate George Williams as the best half backs he has ever played with. Williams will depart the club at the end of the season for the NRL and Farrell is hoping to send the England international out a winner. He told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson: “He always had massive expectations – even at a young age – and for him to do what he’s done, he’s been exceptional. I honestly think he’s one of the best halves I’ve seen at the club.”

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New Warrington signing Anthony Gelling admits he had to sell himself to Wire boss Steve Price before signing the deal. Gelling’s moved to the Halliwell Jones Stadium from Widnes was confirmed this week but the Cook Islands international had to prove himself to Price, rather than the other way around. Gelling told Warrington Guardian reporter Matter Turner: “I had to sell myself to Pricey. It was a funny conversation. He’s quite straightforward. There’s no mucking around with him. He rattled me because when I got up to leave, he asked me ‘do you think you’ve peaked?’”