Paper Talk: Huddersfield eye Samoa star, Leeds linked with Boyd & McIlorum hospitalised

Drew Darbyshire

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

Huddersfield eye Samoa star

Huddersfield Giants coach Simon Woolford has made a move for Newcastle Knights hooker Danny Levi to replace Kruise Leeming, who left at the end of November for Leeds Rhinos, report League Weekly.

The 24-year-old has made 83 appearances for the Knights since making his NRL debut in 2015, earning four caps for New Zealand and one for Samoa in the process. Huddersfield’s work will continue this week to nail him down to join NRL recruits Aidan Sezer and James Gavet at the Giants, according to League Weekly.

McIlorum hospitalised

Catalans Dragons hooker Micky McIlorum has had an operation to repair damage to his hand after being bitten by one of his pet dogs, report League Express.

A Dragons spokesman told League Express: “Its quite a nasty bite between his thumb and index finger. Thankfully, no ligaments or tendons were involved but surgeons decided to operate because of the nature of the injury and its position on his hand.”

Leeds linked with Boyd

Leeds Rhinos continue to be strongly linked with Gold Coast Titans’ giant forward Shannon Boyd, report League Weekly.

The 27-year-old, who has two years of his Titans contract to run, could very well be heading to Super League, according to League Weekly. The Rhinos want to make two major signings before the 2020 campaign gets underway.

Leigh ditch dual-registration

Leigh Centurions will not be using a dual-registration partnership in 2020, report League Express.

The club partnered with St Helens this year with a host of Saints player featuring for the Championship club – but owner Derek Beaumont confirmed they will not be pursuing that option this season, according to League Express.

Lussick addresses NRL rumours

Joey Lussick is focused on getting Salford Red Devils firing again next season and is not worried about his future beyond 2020, report League Weekly.

Lussick told League Weekly: “I haven’t heard a thing (from Manly Sea Eagles). I haven’t really thought too much about my future.”

Toronto not letting any more leave

Toronto Wolfpack aren’t likely to offload any more players before the start of the season, report League Express.

There have been suggestions that Blake Wallace and Gary Wheeler could leave the Canadian club but neither player is on the outer and are definitely part of next year’s plans, according to League Express.

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