Monday 9 December

Mark Sawyer has hailed the unwavering positivity throughout months of trauma and uncertainty from Bradford head coach John Kear as Bradford start to ramp up their preparations for the 2020 season. He told The Telegraph & Argus’ Simon Parker: “His positive attitude and that of the likes of Steve Crossley rubs off on the whole squad. He has been a rock during difficult times.”

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Former Hull KR great Stanley Gene says his career in Super League and East Hull was never about the money, but was proud of what he achieved. “Sometimes money destroys people and the more money you have the more stress and problems you have. When I came here I had nothing. I came with a little Puma bag and 75 quid. To this day I’m proud that my family have got a roof over their heads and are doing really well and I’ve got a roof over my head here,” he told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien.

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Ave Seumanufagai admits he is delighted to reunite with former Cronulla teammate Matt Prior after the Australian prop joined the Rhinos ahead of next season. He told The Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven: “He brings a lot of experience; he’s played over 200 games and won two Grand Finals. I’m looking forward to playing with him. I think we complement each other.”

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Sir Ian McGeehan believes that Leeds Rhinos are at fault for Yorkshire Carnegie’s recent demise. The struggling union side are in financial disarray, currently fighting for survival, and the former chairman, who left his role at the club in May, puts it partially down to a failed business model for sponsorship once held with the Rhinos. The club had to “Effectively pay a management fee to Leeds Rhinos in return for 20 per cent of the league staff’s time. The problem was that there was no incentive for the league staff to go out and look for union sponsors,” he said.