Paper Talk: New York target NRL stars, Salford keen on Ikahihifo & Ellis set for Leigh return

Drew Darbyshire

We’ve had a look through the latest editions of League Weekly and League Express.

New York target international stars

Many NRL players coming to the end of their career would jump at a spell in the big apple with New York, report League Weekly.

Benji Marshall, Kieran Foran, Darius Boyd and the Morris twins are reckoned to be on New York’s wishlist, according to League Weekly.

Salford keen on Ikahihifo

Salford Red Devils are set to ramp up their pursuit of Huddersfield Giants forward Sebastine Ikahihifo this week, report League Express.

Salford are not willing to pay the entirety of his salary, but with both clubs keen to make a deal come to fruition, there’s potential that they can come to an arrangement on finances of the deal this week, according to League Express.

Ellis set for Leigh return

Jamie Ellis is on his way back to Leigh Centurions from Castleford Tigers for a second spell, report League Weekly.

The 30-year-old played at Leigh in 2011, scoring 34 tries in 31 appearances. He will return to the Leigh Sports Village in 2020, according to League Weekly.

Bateman could stay in NRL forever

Canberra Raiders star John Bateman has admitted he would consider seeing out the rest of his career in the NRL, casting doubt over a future return to Super League with Wigan Warriors, report League Express.

Bateman told League Express: “Maybe one day I’ll come back to Super League, but genuinely if I played out the rest of my career here, I think I would be happy to do so.”

Wakefield not in for Capewell

Wakefield Trinity won’t be adding NRL star Kurt Capewell to their squad for 2020, report League Weekly.

Reports have linked Trinity with a move for the Cronulla Sharks back-row or centre but Wakefield chief executive Michael Carter has told League Weekly there is “nothing in” the link.

Leigh to sign Scotland international

Leigh Centurions are set to add Scotland international forward Nick Glohe to their 2020 squad, report League Express.

The Australian-based prop or back-rower has earned three caps for the Bravehearts. He will join Matty Wildie, Danny Addy, Ryan Ince and Nathan Mason at Leigh next year, according to League Express.

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