Saturday 18 January
Steve Price says he is yet to decide who will partner Blake Austin at half back in the absence of the injured Gareth Widdop, but is confident whoever does will play their part well. He told Warrington Guardian’s Matt Turner: “Whoever gets that jersey for the opening game, I’m confident they will do a very good job. The door is open to replace him. There’s a number of players who are putting their hand up for Gaz’s position so time will tell.”
Karl Fitzpatrick has responded to Ian Lenagan’s claims that Warrington lied about the Warriors desire to bring Anthony Gelling back to the club after the Wolves signed him and hailed what the centre will bring to the club. “Sometimes when people experience rejection, they can go into denial and that’s fine. I know how keen Wigan were to bring Anthony back. Having seen at close quarters what he can bring to a team, he’s got a genuine X-factor, but not only that, we’ve seen off the field how marketable he is,” he said to Sky Sports’ Marc Bazeley.
Sunday 19 January
Tony Smith hailed the resilience of his players after they bounced back from an emotional week for the club following a traumatic injury to Mose Masoe to beat Featherstone 16-14. Smith said to Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien: “We’ve got some character and we’ve got to show some character. It has been a tough week in all sorts of ways, a unique week for us. I’m not using that as an excuse for our performance but it showed in our performance there. We need to be better than we were today and we’ll work on that. As a group we understand that. But I thought it was a good solid hit-out.”
Tony Smith also provided an injury update on Dean Hadley, who suffered a horrific thumb injury, having only just overcome a calf problem sustained in pre-season. “He’s dislocated his thumb through the skin. I’ve seen the picture of it and it’s not pleasant. He’s off to get it repaired. I’m feeling for Dean at the minute. Poor old Deano hasn’t had the best of time with injury in his time with us. It’ll be a repair job which means it’ll be a 12-week injury, something along those lines,” Smith told James O’Brien from Hull Daily Mail.
League Express’ Matt Shaw is reporting that Warrington are in line to land Gold Coast Titans forward Leilani Latu ahead of the new season after the former Penrith man has found himself on the outer in the NRL. Shaw writes: “The 26 year old has been offered to Super League clubs in recent weeks and League Express understands the Wolves have made a move to sign him to complete their squad for the 2020 season.”
Brian McDermott has lifted the lid on the current fitness of Sonny Bill Williams and insists he will only play his star signing when he feels he is ready. McDermott told League Weekly’s John Davidson after the Wolfpack’s 16-10 win over Castleford today: “Sonny Bill will be available for round one. Whether we play him or not, we’re just deciding on his fitness. That journey from rugby union to rugby league is not to be sniffed at.”