Off the Record: Rugby League Rumours and Gossip #114

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There is a lot of talk about incomings and outgoings in Super League this week.

McMeeken on way to Union

There have been rumours floating around that England back-rower Mike McMeeken is set to leave Castleford Tigers for rugby union.

It is unknown which rugby union clubs are in for the 24-year-old but it is reported that he could be on his way out of rugby league. He played rugby union as a youngster, before taking up rugby league. Could he join former Tigers team-mate Denny Solomona at Sale Sharks next year? Who knows…

Hull KR in for Ablett

It is understood that Hull Kingston Rovers are in talks with Leeds Rhinos stalwart Carl Ablett over a deal for next season.

The 32-year-old is out-of-contract and the end of the season and has not signed a new deal with the current Super League champions yet. Ablett could join former Leeds team-mate Danny McGuire at KCOM Craven Park next year.

Warrington and Leeds chase Clark

Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos are reported to be chasing the signature of South Sydney Rabbitohs front-rower Jason Clark.

The 28-year-old has played over 150 games in the NRL since making his debut in 2009. George King and Dom Crosby are likely to leave Warrington at the end of the season, so they are looking for options to bolster their pack, while Leeds are looking for a replacement for Keith Galloway, who retired earlier on this year.

Wigan link with Patton wide of the mark

Reports linking Warrington Wolves half-back Declan Patton with a move to rivals Wigan Warriors are way off the mark, Love Rugby League understands.

A number of Super League clubs are interested in the 23-year-old, who is out-of-contract at the end of the season. However, our reliable sources have told us that Wigan will definitely not be Patton’s next destination.

Parcell in demand in NRL

NRL clubs Canterbury Bulldogs, Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm are interested in signing Leeds Rhinos star Matt Parcell for 2019.

The 25-year-old helped Leeds win the Super League Grand Final last year and was also named in the 2017 Super League Dream Team. It will be interesting to see if the Rhinos can persuade him to stay.

Gelling linked with switch back to Super League

New Zealand Warriors centre Anthony Gelling has been linked with a move back to Super League and it’s not Wigan Warriors.

The club who the 27-year-old has been linked with is Catalans Dragons. Gelling could possibly team up with his old Wigan team-mates Micky McIlorum, Sam Tomkins, Lewis Tierney and Iain Thornley in Perpignan next season. He has made four NRL appearances for the Warriors so far this term but he is out-of-contract at the end of the season.

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  1. He will not be going Catalans if he’s available it will be Wigan fact Dec Patton will be at Wigan next season if they get their fingers out he’s a good attacking 7 who can also kick goals

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