Paper Talk: Savelio set for Super League return, Leeds linked with quartet, Salford eye Inu

Drew Darbyshire

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

Savelio set for Super League return

Andre Savelio could be on his way back to Super League after several top-flight clubs were alerted to the availability of the forward, report League Express.

The former St Helens, Warrington Wolves and Castleford Tigers player is in the final year of his contract with NRL side Brisbane Broncos. League Express understands Savelio’s management have been in touch with Super League clubs about a move back to England at some stage, with the possibility of a mid-season move this year not out of the question.

Leeds linked with forward quartet

Cronulla Sharks are desperately hoping prop Ava Seumanufagai takes up his three-year offer from Leeds Rhinos, thereby moving a decent wedge off their wage bill, report League Weekly.

The Rhinos are lining up an offer for former Widnes forward Wellington Albert, which was first reported by Love Rugby League last week. Leeds are also linked with Melbourne Storm big boys Patrick Kaufusi and Sam Kasiano. The pair need to be struck off the Storm’s salary cap and are currently being offered to clubs.

Amor wants St Helens stay

Kyle Amor has lifted the lid on the ‘ugly’ conversations with Justin Holbrook that could have ended his time at the club, but instead prompted him to prove his coach wrong and reject the chance to move elsewhere, report League Express.

The Ireland international has revealed how his future at the club looked uncertain at the end of last season after coach Holbrook told him his chances would be limited. He told League Express: “With the emergence of the young forwards coming through, and the depth we’ve got, he said it was going to be hard for me to get a game every week if everyone was fit. I went away from that and did some of the hardest training I’ve ever done in the off-season. Every game is a bonus for me now.”

Catalans face competition for Kasiano

Catalans Dragons’ interest in Sam Kasiano could be scuppered by St George Illawarra Dragons Down Under, report League Weekly.

The French club have been heavily linked to the Melbourne Storm prop, who has been offered to NRL and Super League clubs. NRL side St George Illawarra Dragons are reported to be making a move for the Samoa international. Kasiano’s currentl deal with the Storm is believed to be worth around $600,000.

Lam unsure on Williams speculation

Wigan Warriors coach Adrian Lam has insisted he has no knowledge of the speculation linking George Williams with a move to the NRL, report League Express.

The England international is reportedly attracting interest from several NRL clubs regarding a move Down Under next season. On the speculation, Lam told League Express: “I haven’t heard anything. It rears its head every few mo ths, doesn’t it, rumours like this with George. I know George wants to go to the NRL at some stage and I remember telling him it would be good for him – as long as it’s not this year. But I don’t know about the rumours, so I can’t really comment on them.”

Salford eye Inu

Salford Red Devils might finally get their Manchester-based target Kirsnan Inu now he is a free agent, report League Weekly.

There are said to be four clubs in the mix for the 31-year-old former Parramatta Eels, New Zealand and Catalans Dragons centre or back-rower. Inu’s chances of landing a deal have been boosted by the RFL’s decision to allow him, Albert and Adam Tangata to be counted as ‘federation trained for the length of their next contract. That means none of them will count on any club’s overseas quota.

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