Sunday 26 January

Mahe Fonua is confident that fellow new signing at Hull FC Manu Ma’u will cause opposition half backs and defences endless problems in 2020 after moving to Super League on the back of some career best form. Fonua told Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “He goes for days and he’ll be terrorising half-backs. They’re going to have nightmares with him.”

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Luther Burrell believes having a full rugby league pre-season under his belt will allow him to really kick on in 2020 after admitting the transition he made midway through the 2019 campaign as been a slow one. “I didn’t really have too much expectation for myself last year. It was always going to be challenging, as I was getting dropped into it midway through a year. But I’ll be stronger now for the challenges of last year,” he said to The Guardian’s Aaron Bower.

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Karl Fitzpatrick says Warrington are aiming for a sell out crowd for their first home game in round two of the 2020 season against St Helens as part of their push for a huge start to the new campaign. He told Warrington Guardian:We are hoping to get a massive following in that away end for the first game at the DW and we want a sell out against Saints. It does not get any bigger than those first two games. Everyone is itching for some rugby league again.”

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Matty Dawson-Jones highlighted a desire for more game time having admittedly fallen behind down the pecking order after suffering a serious injury at Hull FC was the main reason for his sudden move to Bradford. “One of the main reasons is to get a bit more game time. Obviously it’s a shame to leave Hull, I still had this year left on my contract and it’s through no fault of my own or the staff there why I wasn’t going to play,” he said to William Jackson of Hull Daily Mail.

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Brian McDermott has responded to Adam Pearson after the Hull FC owner hit out at Toronto’s request for salary cap dispensation. McDermott told Forty 20 TV’s Mark Wilson:“I think Pearson at Hull had more than a whinge on what I thought from me and our club were well thought out and articulate statements about how we believe the operation rules, that are largely suited to British clubs, don’t suit a transatlantic club. It’s very naive to have a crack at Sonny Bill’s top end money and quote it publicly and say that’s influenced the salary cap.”

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League Express’ Matt Shaw is reporting that Castleford’s star signing Sosaia Feki could be in doubt for the Super League season opener after picking up an injury. Shaw writes: “League Express understands the the winger, a new signing from Cronulla Sharks, has suffered a calf injury over the weekend, with Castleford waiting to learn the extent of the injury.”

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Chris Chester has admitted in an interview with League Weekly’s Trevor Baxter that he is keen to bring in one more signing ahead of Wakefield’s Super League round one clash against Hull KR. Chester said: “We need to bring in a body to cover the middles. Leilani (Latu) is a player we looked at a couple of months ago, but we do need reinforcements before a ball is kicked.”