Thursday 16 January
David Fifita says he has set himself the goal of being fit for round one of the 2020 Super League as he continues his rehabilitation from foot surgery. He told The Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven: “It’s coming along good and hopefully I’ll be there for round one. That’s the goal. We’ll have talks with the physio staff but if I’m not ready I won’t embarrass myself.”
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook is enjoying life under new coach Kristian Woolf after the Tongan national coach took over from Justin Holbrook and is looking to bring his own flavour to the reigning Super League champions. “He is good. He has got his own way about him and I find him easy to get along with. He puts himself out there and what is black is black and what’s white is white. He is straight to the point,” he said to St Helens Star’s Mike Critchley.
Hull KR have been dealt a further injury blow with experienced forward Weller Hauraki ruled out for a long term with an ankle problem, according to Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien. O’Brien writes: “Hauraki was one of the few Hull KR players who dodged the club’s injury curse last year but Tony Smith is facing up to being without the experienced forward for a lengthy period. Scans showed he requires an ankle reconstruction and the 34-year-old will be out of action for at least two months in a sizeable blow to Rovers.”
John Duffy says Danny Addy was an obvious choice to captain his Leigh side in 2020 after he former Bradford and Hull KR man has emerged as a natural leader since joining the club in the off season. Duffy told Leigh Journal: “Danny has just led from the front in everything we have done; whether that is in the weights room or out on the field. He is always galvanising everyone and leads by his actions. The lads look up to him.”