Paper Talk: Allgood set for England return, Bradford eye teenage talent & Castleford dismiss reports

We’ve had a look through this morning’s trade papers.

Allgood set for England return

London Broncos are hoping that transfer target Mitch Allgood will be able to link up with them this month, report League Express.

The former Hull KR and St George Illawarra Dragons prop is still waiting for visa clearance in Australia, the Broncos hope that will be completed shortly, according to League Express.

Teenage talent to join Bradford

Sam Walters will be one of the loan players heading from Leeds Rhinos to Bradford Bulls as part of the Rhys Evans deal, report League Weekly.

The 19-year-old joined the Rhinos from Widnes last year and is a massive prospect in the game, according to League Weekly.

Warrington open to dual-registration

Warrington Wolves chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick has revealed the club will utilise strong relationships with a number of Championship clubs in 2020 as well as their own reserve team, report League Express.

The Wolves do not yet have a dual-registration deal agreed. Fitzpatrick told League Express: “We’ve got a good relationship with Leigh and Widnes. Leigh don’t have a reserve grade, for example, and any players that need game-time at the clubs, we can speak with them.”

SBW a “training freak”

Sonny Bill Williams has been hailed a “training freak” by Toronto Wolfpack coach Brian McDermott, report League Weekly.

The dual-code superstar has reported for duty with the Canadian club. McDermott told League Weekly: “He’s come back in great shape. The guy’s a training freak, anyway, a gym freak. You can’t keep him out of the gym. He looks good.”

Castleford silence social media reports

Castleford Tigers have issued a strong response to social media reports regarding forward Oliver Holmes, report League Express.

Accusations of an incident involving the Tigers forward and the family of youngster Lewis Carr emerged in the week. A Castleford spokesperson told League Express: “We will not be commenting on unsubstantiated rumours posted on social media and our focus is solely on preparing for the start of the Super League season.”

Big signings boost TV hopes

Super League’s best-ever bunch of receipts is set to ‘strengthen the hand’ of competition bosses ahead of critical TV contract talks, report League Weekly.

Warrington Wolves chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick told League Weekly: “Discussions around the broadcast deal will certainly commence in 2020, so to have a cohort of players of world class ability running around in Super League certainly strengthens our hand. That’s what attracts the audiences – the top players.”

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