Off the Record: Rugby League Rumours and Gossip #119

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Warrington are the centre of attention in Ray Mour’s gossip column.

King on several radars

Warrington Wolves front-rower George King is being looked at by several Super League clubs and even a couple of Championship sides.

The Ireland international has found chances hard to come by in Steve Price’s squad this season, sporadically making nine Super League appearances so far. It is understood that Wakefield Trinity, Huddersfield Giants, Salford Red Devils and Featherstone Rovers are interested in taking him on loan for the rest of the season.

Warrington monitoring Mellor

Warrington Wolves are considering whether to make an offer for Widnes Vikings co-captain Joe Mellor.

The 28-year-old has made over 150 appearances for the Vikings since making his move from Wigan Warriors in 2013. Warrington’s move for Kyle Eastmond looks in doubt and Steve Price is believed to be looking elsewhere. Could Mellor partner ex-Widnes man Kevin Brown in the halves next season?

Wakefield eyeing Drinkwater

Wakefield Trinity are interested in signing in-form Catalans Dragons half-back Josh Drinkwater for next season.

The 26-year-old is out-of-contact at the end of the campaign, although it is believed that Catalans are keen to tie him down to a new deal. Liam Finn’s contract with Wakefield is set to expire at the end of the year and may not be offered a new deal. Drinkwater could well be Finn’s replacement at Trinity.

Segeyaro in demand

Cronulla Sharks star James Segeyaro is attracting interest from all over the globe, but Parramatta Eels want him for the 2019 season.

The Eels are scouring the market for a hooker and Segeyaro is at the top of their wish list. The Papua New Guinea star is yet to sign a new deal with Cronulla and could leave the club on a free transfer. A few Super League clubs have shown interest in him but it is believed that he wants to stay in Australia.

Cronk to retire

Former Australia and Queensland star Cooper Cronk is set to retire from rugby league at the end of the season.

According to reports, the 34-year-old has fell out of love with playing and training but is keen to take up a role in punditry in Australia. Cronk signed a two-year deal with Sydney Roosters ahead of this season, but he is poised to cut his time short and hang up his boots.

Warrington target Turner

Warrington Wolves are keen on securing the services of young Castleford Tigers full-back Calum Turner for next season.

It has been reported that Warrington have made an offer for the rising star. It is understood that Castleford hold Turner in high regard and would like him to stay, but good money from the Wolves might lure him to the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

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