Friday 20 March

Tony Smith admits that discussions about player contracts will be put on hold whilst the competition is suspended during the coronavirus pandemic. He told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien: “That will be taken into account at the appropriate time but I’d suggest some of those dates would be deferred in line with the deferment of games. It should come in line with what is reasonable for players to decide their future and clubs to decide who they want to be part of their futures. All those things will get sorted but they’re certainly not high on the priority list at this point in time.”

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Alex Mellor says the unprecedented and ultimately unknown situation regarding the coronavirus is the main source of frustration for the players. “It’s strange, really strange; I’ve had two games cancelled this season and I don’t think I’ve ever had one cancelled before in my entire career. It’s a weird one to prepare for as you don’t know what you’re doing day to day (with coronavirus). The frustrating thing is you don’t know how long it’s for,” he said to The Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven.

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Wayne Bennett is considering a positional change for super star signing Latrell Mitchell after just two games at fullback with the ex-Rooster having a slow start to life at Souths. He told NRL.com’s Joel Gould: “It is important, but we’ve got another week coming up and we’ll make some team selections and see what we do there. He needs to play football, that is the first to thing I know. We’ll have to sit down and think about it.”