Friday 6 December
Liam Farrell admits he is delighted to be facing Leeds in pre-season for his testimonial game. The experienced Wigan back rower is relishing the challenge of facing the Rhinos as part of his celebration of ten years at the club. “When I was told there was a chance we could play Leeds, to say I was pleased would be an understatement. I’ve admired them as a club for a long time and throughout my career, they’ve been one of the clubs who we’ve always seemed to have good games against,” he told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson.
Hull Daily Mail reporter William Jackson has been on hand to answer Hull FC fans questions for everything going on during the club’s pre-season preparations to date and provided confirmation that new star signing Manu Ma’u will begin training with his new team next week after landing in the UK two days ago. He’s been allowed the rest of this week to attempt to acclimatise and he’s expected to be in training with his new teammates on Monday morning. Just in time to begin week six of pre-season,” he said.
Trent Merrin says it is a dream come true to return to his former club St George after departing Leeds. The former Rhinos skipper will return to the NRL in 2020 and felt humbled to be doing so. He told The Canberra Times’ Pamela Waley: “To be back here on the coast and put that Red V on again, it gave me goosebumps walking into the sheds. That speaks 1000 words itself.”
Hull Daily Mail reporter James O’Brien has broken news that Dean Hadley and Joe Keyes have both suffered injuries in pre-season and now face layoffs. Back-rower Hadley has picked up a calf issue and will be out for four to six weeks, although it is hoped he will be back in full training at the start of 2020 in time for the first friendly against Wakefield Trinity. Half-back Keyes has a foot complaint after landing awkwardly during a session but it is not thought to be serious and he will resume training after a period of rest,” he said.