Tuesday 17 December

Simon Woolford says that star signing Aiden Sezer has already had a big impact on his squad after arriving in the UK recently as Huddersfield’s marquee man. Woolford told The Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven: “Seze has only been here just under two weeks and already he’s had a real influence on the group. They’ll be like sponges learning everything they can from him for the next couple of years and no doubt their games will improve over that time.”

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Jackson Hastings has spoken for the first time about his upcoming season with Wigan and admits he can’t wait to get started in such a high quality side, putting to bed speculation he is set to u-turn on his deal. “I was looking at the squad list yesterday and, as a halfback, you lick your lips. “I’m not over there yet but I can’t wait to get in and find out what the club’s about and see where I fit into the side,” he told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson.

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Ash Handley has lifted the lid on his thoughts about missing out on selection for Great Britain, despite being flown across the world as emergency injury cover for the final match with PNG. “I fully expected to be playing but obviously it wasn’t meant to be. He said he fancied going with Blake because he’d had a half-decent start the week before. Obviously I wanted to be playing and make an impact but I didn’t let it worry me too much. It was something not in my control. I had to forget about it and support the boys,” he told The Yorkshire Post.

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Richard Agar has dismissed rumours that Leeds Rhinos are looking to bring NRL prop Shannon Boyd to Headingley. The former Kangaroos international is out of favour at Gold Coast Titans, but Agar has clarified he is not one of their target. He told Peter Smith of Yorkshire Evening Post: “He is on a long-term deal, on big money. I speak to his agent regularly and his name has never cropped up once.”