Wednesday 22 January
Lee Radford admits he is yet to make his mind up over his starting wing combination for round one of Super League and has challenged one of his prime candidates Ratu Naulago to cut down on his errors. He told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “I think that’s one of the spots that’s still out there. One of the things we’ve spoken to him (Naulago) about in the off-season was that he finished top of the error count for us last year, so reducing them will give himself a great opportunity this year.”
SunSport’s Gary Carter reports that Ian Watson is on the verge of signing a new deal at Salford Red Devils after he guided the club to a maiden Super League Grand Final appearance last season. Carter writes: “SunSport understands he is set to put pen to paper on a contract extension sooner rather than later. Club sources say talks are at an ‘advanced stage’ as they look to build on 2019’s success in 2020.
Tony Smith admits that Will Dagger has put himself in contention to feature in round one of Super League after a strong showing in pre-season. “He’s not been doing his chances any harm throughout pre-season. He’s been one of the real hard workers throughout the pre-season and top of the tree in some areas within the squad. That’s given him a chance of being in the squad, or in the team. Well done to Will,” he told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien.
Jake Bibby has hailed Bevan French as one of the best fullbacks he has ever seen after training alongside him at his new club Wigan this pre-season. He said to Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson: “He’s quality. Just from training, I think he’s probably the best full-back I’ve ever seen. Honestly, in training, his stop-start, his skills, it’s ridiculous. Some of the things he can do are outrageous. I can’t wait to play alongside him and see what he has to offer. I think he’s going to have a really good season.”
Sonny Bill Williams is adamant he still has something to prove despite all he has achieved in both codes of rugby. The new Toronto star said in an interview with the Mirror’s Gareth Walker at the club’s media day: “I always have that point to prove, no matter where I am. I still wouldn’t be around after 18 or 19 years if I didn’t have that inner drive to succeed. I won’t over-complicate it, I’ll keep it simple and I’ll play my cards and work hard for the lads when I get out there.