Wednesday 15 January

Jake Connor admits he is looking to have a big season in 2020 after having a disappointing season by his own standards in which he received a lot of criticism. He told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “I can handle criticism. I hold my hands up I didn’t have the best of years like I did in 2018. I’m looking to leave that year behind. I kind of owe them something with the way I played last year so hopefully I can brush that aside and let my playing do the talking this year.”

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Ian Lenagan says that the majority of Super League chairman want to see an English coach take charge of the England team instead of Wayne Bennett, who has come under intense scrutiny after a disastrous Lions tour. “There’s no doubt from the vast majority of chairmen I talk to, we would like to see an English guy who can motivate, and understand Super League better. It’s interesting to see our old friend Shaun (Wane) being mooted a few times in terms of whether or not he should become the England coach,” he said to The Mirror’s Gareth Walker.

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Lenagan also accused Warrington of lying about the facts surrounding their signing of former Warriors man Anthony Gelling, after the Wire claimed Wigan were in competition to bring the Cook Islander back to the DW Stadium. He told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson: “I was interested to see rumours of Ben Flower to Catalans, there’s no truth in it whatsoever. Any more than we’re supposed to have approached Mr Gelling. I never comment on those (rumours), apart from that’s a complete lie.”

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Gareth Widdop has admitted his frustration at the ankle injury that is set to see him miss the first three weeks of the Super League season. The former St George half suffered the injury in training but is confident he’ll be back as soon as possible. “It’s frustrating, especially coming into a new team in the middle of pre-season with games only four or five weeks away. I’ve just got to get my head down and crack on with my rehab. It’s a long season with plenty of games in it so I’m not too worried,” he said to Warrington Guardian’s Matt Turner.