Friday 13 December

Adrian Lam has expressed his excitement at working with new signing Jackson Hastings and has reaffirmed the fact the club expect him to report for pre-season training in the new year. Lam told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson: “I know it’s been in the media but from my side of things and the club’s perspective, we’re expecting him at training on January 3. He knows his starting date, I’m expecting him here then and on my behalf I’m looking forward to having him here.”

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Hull KR boss Tony Smith has urged his players not to read too much into the squad numbers that were announced earlier this week. He told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “We’ve got to allocate squad numbers so we do but where they end up will be determined by their pre-season and friendly performances. We’ve got plenty of numbers and competition for places. They can read into it as much as they want but they can affect it by what they do on the park and the training park.”

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Reports in Treize Mondial say that Catalans Dragons are on the hunt for a replacement for centre Brayden Wiliame after the centre left the club to return to the NRL earlier this week. Dragons boss Steve McNamara was quoted saying: “We will now start looking for a player to replace him, and we will prospect in France, England and the southern hemisphere to find the right one.”

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Daily Mirror rugby league reporter Gareth Walker is reporting that a new weekly TV programme following the Super League clubs will be launched to start the new season. Walker wrote on Twitter: “Super League clubs have been told today about plans to launch a new weekly TV show on the competition from January, spanning up to 30 episodes. Working (but unconfirmed) title of ‘We Play League’.” Hull FC Owner Adam Pearson backed up the reports by revealing the details of the show to Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson.