Thursday 23 January

Adam Pearson has told Toronto Wolfpack to stop moaning and labelled their claims for dispensation with the salary cap as “ludicrous.” He told Hull Daily Mail’s James Smailes: “It’s disappointing because they’ve come into Super League and all they have done since coming into the competition is moan. Don’t pay £3m to one player and then complain that you haven’t got enough players or enough money. It’s ludicrous, really ludicrous.”

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Chris Chester says he is looking for some luck with injuries after losing a number of his stars in the club’s pre-season matches. Trinity were ravaged by injuries throughout the 2019 season, which plunged them into a relegation battle and Chester is looking for his side’s fortunes to change. “We just need a little bit of luck. It just seems every single week there’s one guy going down. We lost two Boxing Day, two again tonight,” he said to Total RL’s Matt Shaw after the club’s pre-season loss to Huddersfield last night.

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George Burgess admits that Wigan’s potential to win silverware and new state of art facilities had a big impact on his decision to move to the club as he prepares for his first season in Super League after spending his entire career to date in the NRL. He told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson: “I looked at a few other options but Wigan seemed like the best fit. They are moving in a great direction and they have a brand new training facility which is probably the best in the league, that was a bit of a tipping point.”

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Former referee David Merrick has explained the role he currently plays at Championship side Featherstone Rovers in helping the players stay on the right side of the current referees. For Webbo (James Webster) I do a full match review of every game looking at trying to reduce penalties by giving him information on whether the penalty is right or wrong. I attend training when I’m not at work and help the running of sessions by giving the players correct calls and tipping up on any issues we may find that occur through the year,” he said to The Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven.