Wednesday 8 January
Adrian Lam admits he never had any doubt that new star half back Jackson Hastings would fit in at Wigan, due to him being so fiercely competitive. The reigning Man of Steel started training with the Warriors this week and has already impressed his coach. Lam told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson: “I knew Jackson would fit in well here, because he’s surrounded by competitors and players who simply hate losing, and that’s what he’s like. He’s a real competitor, as good as I’ve ever seen.”
George Williams is under no illusion he will have to fight for his place in the Canberra side despite being on of their major off season recruits. The England international touched down in Australia last week keen to handle the weight of expectation on his shoulders. “I’ve got to find my feet first and I’m not presuming I’m picked round one. I’ve got to work hard, I’ve got six-to-eight weeks now to prove I’m good enough to play round one and that’s what I’ll be doing,” he said to NRL.com’s Troy Whittaker.
Matty Dawson-Jones admitted his delight at being back out on the field after nearly a year out with injury. The Hull winger turned out for the Black and Whites in a pre-season friendly against Halifax and had no problems with the knee he tore his ACL in early last year. He told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “It was just good to get back out there. My knee is sweet. It’s like normal and it didn’t really bother me throughout the game, I didn’t think about it at all to be honest.”
Kristian Woolf has confirmed that Matty Lees has returned to full training after a lengthy lay off following bowel surgery. “He returned to full training a couple of weeks before the Christmas break. A big task with him, with the type of injury he had, was that because he is such a tough fella he was ready to do contact. But we wanted to make sure he had recovered physically and put a bit of weight back on, so we probably held him back a bit from what he wanted to do,” he told St Helens Star’s Mike Critchley.
Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien is reporting that both Dean Hadley and Jamie Ellis are set to miss Hull KR’s first pre-season friendly against Wakefield but will be fit to face Featherstone the week after. O’Brien writes: “Hadley suffered a calf injury in pre-season training at the start of December, while new signing Ellis arrived with a knee issue. Both players would be fit enough to feature at Wakefield Trinity this weekend but Tony Smith wants the pair to spend more time with the squad on the training field.”