Paper Talk: Toronto ponder Florida match, Sezer to Huddersfield & Championship in talks with Sky
We’ve had a scan through the morning’s papers.
Toronto could host game in Florida
Toronto Wolfpack chief executive Bob Hunter has admitted the club could possibly hold a top-flight game in Florida in 2020, report League Express.
The Canadian club beat Featherstone in the Championship Grand Final on Saturday to ensure they will play in Super League next year. Hunter told League Express: “We even have an idea of doing some training in Florida for a couple of weeks – maybe even playing a game in Florida. That’s possible, but we’re not really sure yet. We haven’t nailed that down totally.”
Sezer to Huddersfield
There was a big buzz around the John Smith’s Stadium over the weekend that Canberra Raiders scrum-half Aidan Sezer has signed a three-year deal with Huddersfield Giants, report League Weekly.
The 28-year-old was said to be on Leeds Rhinos’ radar two months ago and more recently Brisbane Broncos – but League Weekly suggest Sezer has completed a three-year deal with Giants coach Simon Woolford to move to West Yorkshire late next month for pre-season training.
Sky Sports considers Championship coverage
Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer says talks have been held with Sky Sports over next year’s Championship coverage, report League Express.
Viewers have been treated to weekly coverage for most of the season after Toronto Wolfpack paid for their games to be shown. Rimmer told League Express: “We’re absolutely working towards that. We’ve given them [Sky] some top class matches this year. I’ve yet to speak to them since the final but you’d have to imagine they were impressed.”
Lolohea lauds Lui
Tui Lolohea was quick to pay tribute to his playmaker predecessor Rob Lui after Salford Red Devils’ historic arrival in the 2019 Grand Final, report League Weekly.
The Tonga international was involved in a swap deal with Lui earlier this year, with the latter moving to Leeds Rhinos. Lolohea told League Weekly: “Rob Lui played a big part in this team before he left. All credit goes to him for what he did before he left because when I arrived at the club, Salford were travelling well, sitting in the top six.”
Patton allowed to leave Warrington
Warrington Wolves half-back Dec Patton was recently linked with a move to rugby union with Welsh side Ospreys – but that move is unlikely to take place, report League Express.
The 24-year-old will stay in rugby league now bur Patton will be allowed to leave the Halliwell Jones Stadium to join another club, according to League Express. Warrington are likely to start Gareth Widdop and Blake Austin in the halves in 2020, and chances for Patton at his hometown club look limited.
Leigh eye former Widnes speedster
Leigh Centurions are signing ex-Widnes Vikings winger Ryan Ince, report League Weekly.
The 23-year-old left the Vikings after he wasn’t selected for the 1895 Cup final against Sheffield at Wembley back in August. He scored 19 tries in 22 games for Widnes last season and was the club’s top try scorer at the time of his release. He will join Leigh in 2020, according to League Weekly.
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