The Weekend Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.
Toronto are considering holding a game in Florida next season, according to League Express’s Aaron Bower. Confirming the club is exploring options across “major cities”, Hunter told Bower: “We even have an idea of doing some training in Florida for a couple of weeks – maybe even playing a game in Florida.”
It’s believed that former Wakefield director Chris Brereton is the man behind the consortium in negotiation to purchase Bradford. Bulls chairman Andrew Chalmers broke the news this afternoon that a transaction had been initiated, and TotalRL.com’s Matt Shaw claims Brereton is heading up the group.
Ashton Golding wouldn’t be drawn on where he’ll be playing next season following Featherstone’s defeat to Toronto on Saturday. Golding spent the majority of the season with Fev on loan terms and is out of contract at Leeds. He is strongly linked with Huddersfield, but his only admission to Sky Sports post-match was that he’d be playing for Jamaica in the match against England Knights this autumn.
Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien is reporting that Willie Poching, who is currently one of the assistant coaches at Huddersfield, is on his way back to Craven Park, where he coached for two years under Chris Chester. With James Webster leaving Rovers to pursue other opportunities, Poching has now agreed to re-join the east Hull side from next season to link back up with Tony Smith, whom he was assistant to at Warrington for four years.
Former Hull KR star Josh Hodgson admitted that his Canberra side’s agonising Grand Final loss to the Sydney Roosters was difficult to take. The Raiders dominated the showpiece event but went down 14-8 after a late James Tedesco try. “We weren’t as clinical as we needed to be,” he said after the game. “I love the boys to death. We’ve got an amazing group and hopefully this is the first final of many for us. It’s really painful at the moment and like a punch in the stomach.”