Off the Record: Rugby League Rumours and Gossip #144

Who wants Gareth Widdop? Which NRL centre are Hull FC looking at? Find out in the gossip column.

Warrington linked with Widdop

Warrington Wolves have a desire to sign NRL superstar Gareth Widdop for 2020, according to reports Down Under.

The England international is set to return to his homeland after this coming season in the NRL with St George Illawarra Dragons. It has been well documented that Widdop has a burning desire to finish his career in Super League, but there will no doubt be a number of clubs chasing his signature.

The Mole suggests the Wolves are interested in bringing Widdop to the Halliwell Jones Stadium for 2020.

Donaldson set for permanent deal

James Donaldson is on the verge of signing a permanent deal with Leeds Rhinos, Love Rugby League understands.

The Cumbrian has been on trial with the Rhinos this pre-season after being released by Hull Kingston Rovers at the end of the 2018 campaign. Donaldson helped Leeds beat Wakefield Trinity in the traditional Boxing Day clash and it is expected to be confirmed within the next week that Donaldson has signed a proper contract with the club.

Hull FC targeting NRL centre

Hull FC are lining up an offer for North Queensland Cowboys centre Javid Bowen, according to League Express.

The Black and Whites are reportedly keen to strengthen their backline, with Bowen being on their radar. The 25-year-old is contracted to the Cowboys for this season, but FC could offer him a long-term deal, so he can secure his future. Bowen is the nephew of former Wigan star Matty.

Amor future decided

Ireland international Kyle Amor will remain at St Helens for the 2019 season, Love Rugby League understands.

The 31-year-old was linked with a move away from Saints earlier in the off-season, with it being reported that he would be allowed to leave if another club came in for him. With the new season just around the corner, he is set to stay with Saints, where he has made 137 appearances.

Widnes still looking to strengthen

It is believed that Widnes Vikings are still looking to bring in a player or two before the Championship season gets underway.

The Chemics have an impressive team on paper ahead of the new campaign, but it would be a thin one if it was hit by injuries. New coach Kieron Purtill has only made one signing so far – Jack Owens – and it is believed they are still searching the market for more players.

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