The Daily Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.
Monday 4 November
Featherstone coach James Webster admits he’d love to sign Brett Ferres from Leeds. The Rovers boss has confirmed that contact has been made with the experienced forward. He told the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Peter Smith: “I have spoken to him, but we will have to see where he’s at with Leeds first. If something could be worked out, Featherstone would love to be associated with people of the calibre of Brett Ferres.”
Warrington chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick has dismissed talk that Ben Murdoch-Masila is on his way to Australia. The giant forward is the subject of NRL speculation, but Fitzpatrick told the Warrington Guardian’s Matt Turner: “Ben’s contracted until the end of 2020 and is very much part of our long-term plans. He and his wife Roxy, who is captain of our women’s team, are very much enjoying their time in Warrington.”
Josh Griffin says he’s ready to step into a more senior role at Hull FC following the retirement of a host of senior figures. He told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “I’ve never seen myself as a leader, I’m one of those that does their job and does the best they can, but I feel like after the season I had last year I’ve earned that bit more respect off the players now and I feel like that senior role probably comes naturally with that.”
Luke Gale admits pre-season at Leeds was like having a first day at school but, he he says he’s excited to get up and running with his new club. He told the club website: “It is a little bit, but it’s been good to get in nice and early and meet all the boys and it’s good to be back. I did four weeks before this point to get me up to speed and I’m looking forward to the challenge at a new club, but one that is familiar to me.”
Cas assistant Danny Orr believes that Castleford will be a match for anyone if they can avoid injuries. The Tigers were ravaged by a number of long-term absences in 2019 and Orr is confident they can challenge with the best if everyone stays fit. He told Pontefract & Castleford Express’s Ben McKenna: “We have got a good squad and if we can keep them fit I think we will be a match for anybody.”