Tuesday 28 January
Shaun Edwards has declared a feeling that he would have no control over his backroom staff or playing squad was the main reason he decided to u-turn on his deal with Wigan last year. He originally told The Daily Mail: “I realised the previous Christmas (2018) that the fitness guy I wanted to bring on board there hadn’t been approached, four months after I’d made it clear I wanted him. I realised then that I would have no control over my own staff. Then I found out from a newspaper that George Williams had been sold, and that made me realise that I wouldn’t have any control over signings either. That was the final straw.”
Ben Murdoch-Masila admits he is raring to go in 2020 after overcoming a number of niggling injuries throughout the majority of the 2019 campaign and finishing last year strong at international level with Tonga. “To be honest, I didn’t really get fully fit until the back end of the season. I was carrying a lot of niggles and every time I got close to full fitness, something else happened. I’ve trained very hard in the off-season and I’m at my goal weight now,” he said to Warrington Guardian’s Matt Turner.
Danny Houghton says he plans on doing his talking on the field but won’t be thinking too much about his contract situation as he comes into the final year of his deal at Hull. The FC skipper told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “I’ve always said I’ll try and do my talking by performing. If I’m performing well and my body feels well then hopefully the club will sit down and talk. We have a good relationship, but I have to go out there and perform and hopefully I can do that to nail down a contract where I want to be. I don’t want to move from the club so hopefully I can be here for another few years.”
Matt Diskin has hailed the generosity and support of his former boss, Batley Bulldogs chairman Kevin Nicholas, for paying for his new Oldham side to stay in a different hotel to the one where young Batley star Archie Bruce tragically died last year ahead of when they visit Toulouse this season. “There is a reason rugby league is the greatest game of all, that is the amazing people within it. You only have to look at the support Rob Burrow and Mose Masoe have received following recent events to realise how beautiful rugby league can be. I will always be indebted to Kevin for what he has done,” Diskin told Yorkshire Evening Post’s Peter Smith.