Saturday 30 November
Kyle Trout believes he has the confidence to kick on at Super League level in 2020 after returning to the top level lat last season by making the move from Dewsbury to Hull KR. He told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien: “There was confidence coming into pre-season that I feel like I am where I’m capable of being and it’s just proving it for a longer period and kicking on again.”
Kevin Brown says he has no intention of comparing himself to reigning Man of Steel Jackson Hastings after replacing the Australian half back at Salford. The 35 year old believes he can put his own stamp on the team. “My pressure is only on me, performing and making sure I do what Watto wants me to do. I’m not comparing myself against Jackson.. he did so much for this club and that’s nothing to do with me,” he said to totalrl.com’s Matt Shaw.
Following the announcement that he has signed a two year deal in the NRL, Trent Merrin couldn’t be more excited to return to former club St George Illawarra Dragons, according to the club’s director of rugby league pathways and list management Ian Millward. He told The Sydney Morning Herald: “Trent could’ve jumped like a kangaroo all the way back to Australia he’s that excited to come back to the Dragons.”
Sunday 1 December
League Express’ Aaron Bower and Matt Shaw are reporting that Hull KR are currently in discussions to bring Castleford’s Jamie Ellis back to East Hull. The half back spent the 2017 season on loan at Rovers and Bower and Shaw write: “while a deal hasn’t been finalised, Ellis is set to undergo a medical this week, suggesting an agreement is relatively close.”
Simon Grix says the club are not in any rush to decide whether to sign Sam Barlow, who is currently on trial following his recent return from a lengthy drugs ban. “I’ve basically told Sam not to worry about that side of things and just concentrate on the process of getting his body back into shape and being able to get from A to B efficiently on a rugby field. He’s getting through it, and he’s making progress,” he told Halifax Courier.
Sosaia Feki admits that Jesse Sene-Lefao played a key role in selling Castleford Tigers to him as he made the move from NRL side Cronulla. Feki told totalrl.com’s Aaron Bower: “I asked Jesse a lot about the place, and seeing that he’s a real fans’ favourite here, I want to come here and be the same. They love him and hopefully they’ll learn to love me too. He told me that Castleford are a very attacking side and I’ll be getting a lot of ball, which I like.”
Leigh Centurions are primed to make a move for former Wigan star Jarrod Sammut, according to League Weekly’s John Davidson, after the experienced Australian half back recently announced he would be leaving the Cherry and Whites. “League Weekly understands Sammut is close to agreeing a deal with Betfred Championship club,” Davidson writes.