Wednesday 1 January

Hull Daily Mail’s Angus Young has reported on Hull City Council’s decision to allow Hull KR to buy their Craven Park Stadium early this year after minutes were released of a meeting detailing the proposed deal. The minutes read: “The council buying KCDL’s leasehold interests in the stadium for £2.5m plus fees. The council then entering a so-called ‘back to back’ deal to sell the stadium’s freehold and adjoining assets, excluding an outdoor go-kart track, to Hull KR for £1.93m.”

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In his latest column in The North West Evening Mail, Steve Neale believes there are a number of amateur players ready to step up to the mark with Barrow Raiders as the club prepare to face Oldham in pre-season. “I’m looking forward to seeing our new signings in action and also those who have stepped up on dual registration from the amateur ranks. Those players have been a real boost to our preparations with their enthusiasm. They have not looked out of place in training but the big test is now how they fare in a match situation,” he said.

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Matt Prior says he is excited to try and have an impact on lifting Leeds back to more success after arriving in the UK to begin life in Super League. He told The Yorkshire Post’s Peter Smith: “I will bring plenty of energy on the field. I’ll try and lead by example and do all the little jobs and do whatever the team needs, really. I guess I am a bit of a team man, I will be out there trying to put my best foot forward for the boys and lead by example is the main thing.”

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Mark Sawyer insists that since he and the rest of a consortium took over at Bradford Bulls, a substantial chunk of the debt owed by the club has already been paid back. “We’ve cut through a large percentage of it, either paying off the debts in full or agreeing to do it over three or four instalments. The only ones which are outstanding are two or three relatively small ones where there is a dispute over whether we owe the money or not,” he said to Telegraph & Argus’ Simon Parker.