Off the Record: Rugby League Rumours and Gossip #189
Which League 1 club is targeting Moimoi? Which second team will miss the Summer Bash? Which half-back are Leigh eyeing up? Find out in the gossip column.
West Wales target Moimoi
West Wales Raiders are lining up a shock move for NRL legend Fuifui Moimoi ahead of the 2020 season.
The 40-year-old made more than 200 appearances for Parramatta Eels in the NRL between 2004-14, before moving to England. He has enjoyed spells with Leigh and Toronto, with Workington being his most recent club. The Raiders have a fair bit of cash to throw around in 2020, and are hoping to lure the former Tonga and New Zealand international to Stebonheath Park.
London to miss Summer Bash
It was been reported that Toulouse Olympique will not take part in the Summer Bash next year, with the French club choosing to host their own event at their new Stade Ernest Wallon home that weekend.
The team they are set to host in their own ‘Magique Bash’ will be London Broncos. The capital club will be back in the Championship next season after suffering relegation from Super League. Toulouse and London will not be at Bloomfield Road in 2020.
Leigh linked with Super League half-back
Leigh Centurions have been linked with Castleford Tigers half-back Jamie Ellis ahead of next term.
The 30-year-old has been at the Tigers since 2018, making 25 appearances under coach Daryl Powell. He is set to be out-of-favour at Castleford in 2020 though, with them having recently recruited Danny Richardson to partner Jake Trueman in the halves. Ellis spent a season at Leigh in 2011, where he scored 34 tries in as many games.
Widnes and Warrington links
There are a few rumours flying around suggesting that Warrington Wolves and Widnes Vikings could become dual-registration partners from next year.
The Wolves have been linked up with Rochdale Hornets in recent years but that partnership isn’t expected to carry on in 2020. The potential agreement could see Warrington hooker Danny Walker return to Widnes on a dual-registration, week-by-week agreement.
King looking for new club
Australian hooker Cameron King is looking for a new club after parting ways with Featherstone.
The 28-year-old joined Rovers ahead of last season and made a good impression of himself in the Championship, scoring 18 tries in 28 matches for the club. He was linked with a move to Leeds midway through the 2018 campaign but nothing came about. He tweeted on Wednesday morning that he is looking for a new club.
Levi unlikely to make Super League switch
Out-of-favour Newcastle Knights hooker Danny Levi has been linked with a move to Super League over the off-season but that is unlikely to happen prior to the NRL season getting underway.
The Samoa international is set to fight for his place at the Knights next season, despite them having signed Jayden Brailey from Cronulla Sharks. There has been speculation linking him with a move to Super League, but the reports are believed to be wide of the mark.
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