Interim Bradford chairman Eric Perez has praised club delegates in attendance at the recent RFL Council meeting for “ending the stuff and nonsense” relating to a proposed inquiry into the club’s recent affairs. Writing in his latest Telegraph & Argus column, Perez said: “It was very pleasing to hear that much of the sport chose not to engage in some of the unsubstantiated and plain silly rhetoric circulated by some.”

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Leeds’ recruitment plans have been delayed due to issues securing a new passport for Rhyse Martin, according to TotalRL.com’s Matt Shaw. Shaw writes: “League Express understands the Rhinos would be interested in signing Australian utility back Jai Field, who played for St George Illawarra Dragons in 2019. But they are still waiting on paperwork to be processed that would see Martin receive a new passport, and free up a quota space as a result.”

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Nathan Brown is one of the names being linked with the coaching job at the prospective new club in New York. League Weekly’s Dave Parker claims former Giants boss Brown in a candidate to take the reins, alongside fellow Aussies Trent Barrett and Laurie Daley.

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Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell admits the sheer number of signings made by the club this close-season represents a gamble, but he insists they had little choice but to recruit heavily following last season’s relegation battle. He told Hull Live’s James Smailes: “The number of signings is staggering, but we needed to try something different. We also need a larger squad for the re-introduction of reserves. It’s a gamble, but a calculated one I would like to think.”

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New Leeds signing Luke Gale expects to feel a mixture of excitement and nerves when he makes his debut on Boxing Day. Gale is expected to feature in the game against Wakefield following a 14-month lay-off, and he admitted to the Yorkshire Post’s Dave Craven: “It will be exciting but there’ll be nerves as well and all those sorts of emotions that I’m looking forward to. But also it’s my first game for Leeds, too, so it will be great.”

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Carlos Tuimavave says a fast start is crucial to Hull FC’s hopes of challenging for silverware in 2020. Following back-to-back Challenge Cup triumphs, the Black and Whites ended last term empty-handed. Tuimavave told Hull Live’s Will Jackson: “I think the start of the season is really big for us and picking up those early wins to put us in good stead for the rest of the season and set us up for a Grand Final.”

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