Friday 31 January

It was an emotional night for the Ashton family after young Warrington fullback Matty made his Super League debut against Wigan last night. After the 16-10 loss to the Warriors, Blake Austin revealed just how much the former Swinton man’s debut meant. He told Warrington Guardian’s Mike Parsons:We had his dad present his jersey yesterday. I think he’s been a Swinton fan his whole life and he said the proudest thing was to watch him play for Swinton last year. But to see his son in and around the Warrington Wolves team brought him to tears.”

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Richard Agar admits Leeds are always on the look out for any addition to their playing squad but is delighted by the depth of young talent at his disposal in the Rhinos side. “Whether you have space on your quota or cap you are always looking at ways to improve your team. Leeds over the last 20 years have been built on the pathway kids that have come through, with quality additions from overseas or this country coming in. My responsibility as coach of this club is to show a bit of faith in these kid,” he said to Yorkshire Evening Post’s Peter Smith.

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John Kear says he is delighted that the future of the club is now built on stable ground and the focus for him, his staff and players is firmly on the rugby side of things. “It will be nice just to get a team out there and be playing for two points. It clarifies and focuses everything. It was very tough in October, November but it’s been absolutely first class since and a pleasure to be in and around the playing group and the club,” she told Simon Parker of The Telegraph & Argus.

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Robert Lui admits that winning some silverware is his main aim and he has the confidence in his Leeds Rhinos side to achieve that in 2020. He told Yorkshire Evening Post’s Peter Smith:I just want to win something. I have been playing for a while and I want to lift trophies. I want to take Leeds back to where they belong, at the top. I think I can, but it is not up to me, it is the whole squad. I believe in every one of them and I think we will be good this year, but it all starts this week.”

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Hull FC assistant coach Kieron Purtill is excited to get started with the club’s reserves when he takes charge for the first time against Bradford Bulls this weekend. “They’ve had a couple of hit outs in pre-season and been with the first-team and I think it’s important not to put too much pressure on them as well. That’s the beauty of reserves, it gives them the time to develop physically and mentally and also they need to learn the game of rugby league and appreciate it,” he said to Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson.