Tuesday 31 December

Jamie Shaul admits that the current Hull squad Lee Radford has assembled is the strongest he has been a part of and he can’t wait for the new season to start having welcomed eight new faces during pre-season. He told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “To be fair it’s probably the most excited I’ve been to play with this squad. I think we’re looking good, we’ve signed really well and from what I’ve seen in training they all look good.”

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Brandon Pickersgill is confident he is ready to play a more senior role in the Bradford squad this season despite only being 22. The fullback has more experience than a lot of his teammates in a youthful looking Bulls side and is looking to help some of the younger players. “I’ve had three or four pre-seasons so I know what it’s like. I can prep and get ready for it. I’ve tried to help the young boys as much as I can leading by example and doing anything I can,” he said to Telegraph & Argus’ Simon Parker.

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Neil Hudgell has urged Hull KR to learn how to win high pressure games above all else going into 2020 after the club narrowly avoided relegation in 2019. He told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien: “We need to win the games that matter. We won four points from 16 against the other bottom four clubs and losing at home to them all in the closing stages of the season were cripplers.”

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Jake Shorrocks has tipped star signing George Burgess to really lift Wigan’s attack in 2020 because of his physical presence enabling him to punch holes in opposition defences. “All halfbacks want a quicker ruck and you definitely want to be playing off the back of players like George Burgess, he’s a big handful carrying the ball. It’s definitely going to help out attack and our running game because when you’ve got a quicker ruck, the halves just want to run,” he said to Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson.