Saturday 14 December
John Kear has highlighted Bradford’s lack of panic has seen them add some real quality with their current recruitment drive as the club continue to piece together a squad after coming out of special measures. He told Telegraph & Argus’ Simon Parker: “We haven’t panicked. We’ve held our nerve, which I’m dead chuffed about, and because of that we’ve got some real quality. “It’s much different to when I was speaking to people six weeks ago.
York City Knights Chairman John Flatman admits he didn’t have to think long before agreeing to host newly promoted Toronto Wolfpack’s game against Wakefield Trinity at his club’s new stadium. “When we were first approached about the idea, it was just a straight away ‘yes’. That stadium has been built to host world-class events and Toronto with Sonny Bill, without Sonny Bill, playing Wakefield in Super League, it’s just a huge, huge draw for York,” he told The Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven.
Eric Perez believes the significance of the Bradford Bulls being able to re-open the club shop again within Odsal Stadium is huge. He wrote in his column in Telegraph & Argus: “The club has been determined, not just to talk about retaining a presence in Bradford, but to actually deliver against that aspiration. Words are words, while actions are irrefutable and this club is totally committed to keeping its promises.”
Sunday 15 December
Yorkshire Evening Post understands that big names Luke Gale and Konrad Hurrell are both set to be named in Leeds Rhinos’ squad for their annual Boxing Day friendly against Wakefield Trinity. The report reads: A2gar is keen to see some of his 2020 recruits in action so England scrum-half Luke Gale and the double capture from Huddersfield Giants, Kruise Leeming and Alex Mellor, will all play against Wakefield Trinity in the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge.
League Express is reporting that Castleford Tigers star forward Liam Watts is set for a number of weeks on the sidelines after suffering a torn hamstring in pre-season training. Reporter Matt Shaw writes: “League Express understands that the Dream Team forward is at risk of missing the start of the season after sustaining the injury, which is expected to keep him out for five to six weeks.”
In a recent interview with League Weekly, Salford star Joey Lussick has dismissed any thoughts of him returning to his former club Manly in the NRL. The talented hooker is out of contract at the end of the 2020 season but says he won’t think about his future until further down the track. He told John Davidson: “I haven’t heard a thing (from Manly) I haven’t really thought too much about my future.”