Off the Record: Rugby League Rumours and Gossip #163

Ray Mour

Which Leeds player are Salford looking at? Which NRL forward has attracted Wigan’s attention? Who are set to leave Hull KR? Find out in the rumour and gossip column. 

Salford eye Leeds star

Salford Red Devils are interested in signing hooker Brad Dwyer from Leeds Rhinos for the 2020 season and beyond.

The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of the campaign and his future at Emerald Headingley is unclear. He has made 37 appearances for Leeds but is set for a move to Salford in 2020. Dwyer, who hails from Wigan, is on Ian Watson’s wish list alongside Widnes Vikings hooker Jordan Johnstone.

Wigan interested in NRL forward

Wigan Warriors are lining up an offer for North Queensland Cowboys front-rower Corey Jensen.

The Australian forward is set to leave the Cowboys at the season’s end. He made his NRL debut in 2017 and has gone on to play 38 first-grade games for the Cowboys. The 25-year-old is currently being offered around to Super League clubs for 2020, with Wigan being keen on the front-rower or loose forward.

Spurs to host Magic Weekend

Super League’s Magic Weekend could head to London for the first time in 2020.

Tottenham Hotspur FC are believed to be keen on hosting the two-day event in their fantastic new stadium. It will host NFL games and they have already secured rugby union’s European finals in 2021. Magic Weekend is being staged at Anfield in Liverpool this month.

Duo to leave Hull KR

Shaun Lunt and Ryan Shaw will leave Hull Kingston Rovers at the end of the season.

Hooker Lunt, 32, has been at Hull KR since 2016, scoring 28 tries in 69 appearances for the club. Winger Shaw, 26, has scored 41 tries and kicked 73 goals in 61 appearances for KR.

The pair have been told by coach Tim Sheens that they will not be offered new deals when their contracts expire at the end of the season.

Newcastle wanted Scotland international

Newcastle Thunder were desperate to bring Scotland international Ryan Brierley to Kingston Park last month.

The 27-year-old, who has earned three caps for the Bravehearts, re-joined Leigh Centurions on a month’s loan in April from Toronto Wolfpack. It’s understood Newcastle were very keen on signing Brierley and offered good money, but the half-back wanted to stay as high a level as possible and didn’t fancy the drop down to League One. He is set to remain at Leigh on loan for the rest of the year.

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