Monday 16 December
Ben Flower admits he feels let down by Wigan after losing his starting squad number for the 2020 season. The Welsh international has lost his 10 jersey to George Burgess, making him determined to win it back. He told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson: “I’m very disappointed. I’ve given eight years of service, worked my socks off to get that (starting) number and to have it taken away that easy is very disappointing.”
Lee Radford is excited to ramp up training with a complete squad after new signing Josh Jones became the last player to report for pre-season training. Hull now have all eight of their new additions in training and the coach is happy with his squad. “It’s the first week we’ve had everybody back in today, we’re looking forward to moving forward collectively. Him (Jones) and Jake were the last two to come through the door today, it’s good to see him come through the door,” he told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson.
Adrian Lam says he would welcome the introduction of the 20/40 rule in Super League after the NRL announced it as a new addition for the 2020 season. “I don’t think it’ll happen too often in a game, and if you do it’s probably when your side is behind and you’re looking to change the game. If you’re under the cosh and you can kick a ball from your own 20m over the opposition 40, I think you deserve the ball back – it’s ridiculously hard to do,” Lam told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson on the benefits of the rule.
Shaun Lunt admits that the last whirlwind 12 months had left him mentally drained and his move to go part time with Batley Bulldogs in the Championship next season is the best thing to happen to him in years. Speaking to Total RL’s Aaron Bower, the 32 year old said: I was absolutely exhausted emotionally. Towards the end of the season, I was waking up and questioning my life, asking what the hell I was doing putting myself through this each and every day. Do I really need to be doing this? But now, I’m jumping out of bed every morning and I’m excited for the day ahead.”