Saturday 4 January
Kristian Woolf has provided updates on a number of his injured stars who had off season surgery, with only James Roby struggling to be fit for round one of the new season. He told St Helens Star’s Mike Critchley: “Morgan Knowles and Tommy Makinson are really diligent, and they work really hard with their rehab as they do with their footy in general. (James Roby) is not likely to start the season, but he will not be too far behind the start either.”
Joe Cator is intent on making his mark in the squad’s pre-season fixtures after joining his boyhood club in the off season. The 21 year old former KR and Leigh man is hoping to nail down a spot in Lee Radford’s 17 for round one to face Leeds. “If you play well enough try and make it your spot, cement that spot for the Leeds game because that’s what I’m focused on and playing well for the coaches,” he said to William Jackson of Hull Daily Mail.
Eric Perez has explained the details of the deal that has seen Bradford centre Rhys Evans loaned to close rivals Leeds Rhinos for the 2020 season. He said in his Telegraph & Argus column: “You will have seen Rhys Evans has been loaned to Leeds for the season. Rhys had a clause allowing him to take a Super League opportunity and we wish him luck this season. In return we will receive the services of some Leeds players as well who will be announced later this month.”
Danny Brough has admitted that even though he has no regrets on the field, he wishes he had given up drinking earlier in his playing career. He told The Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven: “I’ve no regrets about my rugby. I’m not one who looks back and thinks I should have done this or that. In a game, maybe, but not in terms of the longevity of my career. If I had a regret, it’s probably not stopping drinking early enough. I don’t drink at all now. I’m more level-headed now rather than going out all the time and carrying on like I did.”
Sunday 5 January
Lee Radford believes his young players will have benefited massively from playing a hugely physical side in Halifax after his side went down 18-10 in their first pre-season outing. “What they lack in skill, speed and athleticism they make up for in biff. It won’t do our young blokes any harm whatsoever to have it put on them and have to take that next carry after the tap when you’ve just been belted and have 13 blokes telling you what they think of you,” he said to Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien.
Having spoken to League Express’ Aaron Bower, Karl Fitzpatrick admits that Warrington are still on the hunt for a prop, but the club won’t be rushing into signing anyone. He said: “We’re actively looking for a middle, yes, but we’re also quite well-stocked as well. I have to emphasise that it has to be the right deal for the club if we are to do anything.”
Batley coach Craig Lingard says his club are currently competing with Bradford to establish a dual reg relationship with Hull FC. “We’ve had discussions with Hull FC for for the last five or six weeks but they have hit a bit of a stumbling block after Bradford came in with a late bid as well. Their counter-offer has sort of scuppered our plans we thought it was all done and dusted,” he told League Weekly’s Ross Heppenstall.