The Weekend Wrap on RL News brings you the best comment and speculation from across the Rugby League media.
Sunday 27 October
Salford are set to pursue their interest in sighing Huddersfield’s Sebastine Ikahihifo this week. League Express’s Matt Shaw says the Giants are open to allowing the Kiwi to move on to ease pressure on the salary cap. Shaw adds: “Salford are not willing to pay the entirety of his salary, but there’s potential they can come to an agreement.”
League Weekly’s Dave Parker claims Jamie Ellis is on his way back to Leigh for a second spell. The Castleford half failed to nail down a spot at his club in 2019 and is expected to move on. And Parker reckons the Centurions are favourites to sign him.
Oliver Gildart admits he’s disappointed and frustration to see his Lions tour end after just one game. The Wigan centre dislocated his shoulder late in the 14-6 defeat to Tonga and has been ruled out for the rest of the tour. He told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson: “It meant everything to play for Great Britain, I set myself that goal for this year and I got picked, it was one of the best feelings of my life to make my debut. But that feeling is counteracted by this feeling now.”
Gareth Ellis says he’ll place his faith in Hull FC’s coaching and conditioning staff for 2020, but admits he wants to play as often as he can. He told the Hull Daily Mail’s William Jackson: “I want to play every week if I can but I understand that’s not beneficial for me. There’ll have to be a degree of honesty.”
Gareth Owen says he never wanted to go anywhere else after signing a new deal with Oldham. The Roughyeds has agreed a new deal following promotion to the Championship, and he told the club website: “Learning lessons from 2016, when we left it until the last couple of games to cement our first-season survival, we want to be comfortably safe as soon as we can.”