Saturday 28 December
Jackson Hastings says that his request to wear the number 31 shirt for Wigan this coming season is in line with a clothing brand he is now working on since donning the number for Salford when he first arrived in Super League in late 2018. He told Wigan Today’s Phil Wilkinson: “When I went to Salford, I was 31 because I joined late in the season, and I was flattered that a lot of people bought the jerseys with that number on. So I kept it for last season and I had a lot of great memories in it. I’ve got a bit of clothing coming out and I’ve got that number in it, I’ll try and make it my own thing.”
Bradford Bulls have expressed their disappointment in comments from Featherstone Rovers CEO Davide Longo suggesting the club are destined for administration again. The comments arose in last week’s League Weekly, and the club have spoken to clarify matters on the gossip. “We are disappointed both by the article and the quotes. We do not envisage entering administration and the new ownership have gone to great lengths to seek to avoid that possibility,” the response reads on the club website.
Since the club’s response, Fox Sports reporter George Clarke has taken to Twitter to question the decision of Bradford Bulls to criticise rugby league reporter Ross Heppenstall, who wrote the article containing Davide Longo’s quotes in League Weekly, as part of their ‘Ask The Bulls’ fans page on their website. “This was published on the website of a professional sports club, just let that sink in a moment,” he wrote.
Sunday 29 December
Tony Smith has made his intentions clear to name a strong side in the club’s first pre-season outing against Wakefield, with all the biggest new faces set to feature on 12th January. He told Hull Daily Mail’s James O’Brien: “Different people will get different game time but we’ll give everybody a hit-out. We’ll mix and match as we see fit, but we’ll go as strong as we can in the Wakefield and Featherstone games.”
Wakefield Trinity forward George King has been cleared of a serious ankle injury, according to League Express’ Aaron Bower. The forward suffered a suspected broken ankle in Trinity’s Boxing Day friendly against Leeds but Bower writes: “Chester told League Express over the weekend that there was no fracture upon further inspection of the injury in hospital, and they are now waiting on an MRI scan to determine to discover the extent of the injury to King’s ankle ligaments and tendons.”
Reigning Super League Young Player of the Year Matty Lees admits he is targeting the treble with St Helens next season once he returns from injury. In an interview with League Weekly’s John Davidson, he said: “That’s our biggest aim, to improve on what we didn’t do last year, which is to get to Wembley and win that as well. That’s the aim, we’ll see how it goes.”