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Thursday 21 November
Totalrl.com’s Matt Shaw is reporting that Matt Frawley will not join Halifax in the Championship, but is still likely to leave Huddersfield. Halifax coach Simon Grix told Shaw: “I met Matt and had a conversation with him.. but that’s as far as it went, we’re not going to spend the club’s money willy-nilly. It has to be the right fit for us, our squad and our environment that we’ve got. I don’t want to rush into it, but everyone knows there’s not a lot of halves out there.”
Hull FC’s head of performance has explained to Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson the different approach the club is taking to pre-season, with the usual gruelling long distance running mixed with more game intensity speed work. “The intensity goes right up after week five, things have changed this year. So there’s not as many hills, there’s a lot more game-specific running and higher speeds that we’re going to achieve,” he said.
Joe Burgess admits he was frustrated with his own form in 2019 after missing out on the Great Britain Lions tour down under. The skilful winger believes his inconsistent form costs him an opportunity to represent his country. He told Wigan Today’s Paul Kendrick: “It was frustrating, I started well and if I’d carried that on all year I might have made the tour. If I’d been playing better, who knows? I’m kicking myself, really, I could have done way more myself.”
Tony Smith provided some positive injury news on new recruit Shaun Kenny-Dowall after the former Sydney Rooster and Newcastle Knight knee surgery after the conclusion of the 2019 NRL season. “Shaun Kenny-Dowall had a minor knee clean out and is progressing well. He’s not fully running but is doing everything but. He should be running within the fortnight,” he told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien.
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