Paper Talk: Leeds eye Davies, Wakefield target NRL star & Sammut to Featherstone

Drew Darbyshire

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

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

Leeds eye Davies

Wigan Warriors winger Tom Davies could be a surprise target for Leeds Rhinos coach Richard Agar as he looks to re-shape his squad, report League Weekly.

The 22-year-old, who has been out of action this season through injury, is on the radar of the Headingley club, according to League Weekly. Wigan currently have Joe Burgess, Liam Marshall, Dom Manfredi, Bevan French and Davies as their wing options.

Salford keen on Super League duo

Salford Red Devils are considering moves for Huddersfield Giants forward Sebastine Ikahihifo and Hull Kingston Rovers centre Jimmy Keinhorst, report League Express.

The Red Devils are keen to bolster their squad ahead of 2020 and have lined up the duo as potential recruits, according to League Express.

Thompson and Walmsley rumours squashed

St Helens chief executive Mike Rush has rubbished reports the newly-crowned Super League champions could sell prop stars Luke Thompson and Alex Walmsley to Canterbury Bulldogs, report League Weekly.

Rush told League Weekly: “There is nothing in it. I don’t know where the Walmsley story has come from because he’s contracted for another three years, and Thomo is contracted to the end of next year.”

Wakefield target NRL star

Wakefield Trinity are plotting a sensational swoop for Cronulla Sharks player Kurt Capewell, report League Express.

Trinity have held talks with the back-rower or centre about a potential move to Super League in what would be a major coup for the club heading into 2020, according to League Express.

Sammut off to Featherstone

The much-travelled Jarrod Sammut looks to be heading back to Featherstone Rovers from Wigan Warriors as player-assistant coach to James Webster, report League Weekly.

The 32-year-old played 14 games for the Warriors last year but struggled to nail down a regular spot in Adrian Lam’s side. He is set to partner Dane Chisholm in the halves for Featherstone in 2020, according to League Weekly.

Wood wants Super League to try Nines

International Rugby League chief executive Nigel Wood has urged Super League to consider following the NRL’s lead by staging a club Nines tournament, report League Express.

Wood told League Express: “It might not necessarily have to always involve the elite players, but it’s a concept that cannot be neglected – it is too important to us.”

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