Paper Talk: Washbrook to Championship, Wakefield recruit two & Rowley helps Salford

Drew Darbyshire

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

Washbrook to join Championship club

On the move from Hull FC is hooker or loose forward Danny Washbrook who is heading to join James Ford’s York City Knights crusade for a Championship challenge in 2020, report League Weekly.

Washbrook, 33, has been signed on a one-year deal to replace another solid ‘old head’ in Ben Cockayne who retired last month. He was being touted for a role on Hull’s coaching staff a few months back, but League Weekly claim the opportunity to continue playing appeals to Washbrook.

Furner agrees settlement with Leeds

Former Leeds Rhinos coach David Furner will head home to Australia on Monday after reaching agreement last week on a severance deal from the club, following his departure from Headingley in May, report League Express.

Furner has confirmed that he still has the desire to coach, despite his experience with the Rhinos. He told League Express: “I love coaching and I love the game. If I am asked to coach again, I would be mad not to. I respect the game. It is a privilege to be in those positions. You have to love the game, and my experience at Leeds certainly hasn’t changed that.”

Wakefield recruit two for 2020

Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester is driving ahead with plans to re-shape his squad for next season after a dismal recent run, report League Weekly.

Trinity have completed a two-year deal for Salford Red Devils hooker or half-back Josh Wood and beaten off competition from Wigan Warriors to re-sign Ryan Atkins from Warrington Wolves, according to League Weekly. Trinity don’t looked to have stopped there as Leeds Rhinos back-rower Brett Ferres is said to be another former old boy on their radar.

Rowley helps Salford out

Salford Red Devils had Paul Rowley down at training earlier this month, report League Express.

The former Leigh Centurions and Toronto Wolfpack head coach is thought to be good friends with Ian Watson and was asked to help out for one day only. The Red Devils have advertised for a new assistant coach following the departure of Martin Gleeson but have yet to make an appointment. Rowley won’t be taking the role permanently, according to League Express.

Catalans star out for the season

Catalans Dragons winger Jodie Broughton looks to be out of action for the rest of the season following surgery on a torn meniscus, report League Weekly.

Earlier this month, Broughton left the field with a knee problem in their 32-28 win over Huddersfield and the out-of-contract man is set to have played his final game for the Dragons. Catalans coach Steve McNamara told League Weekly: “Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll see Jodie again this season. He’s had a wretched run of luck. He’s a cracking young lad and everyone likes and respects him at the club but he’s had a terrible run of luck with injuries.”

Hull KR eye Toronto utility

Hull KR are among the clubs interested in Toronto Wolfpack’s utility-back Nick Rawsthorne, report League Express.

The 23-year-old, who made his Super League debut across the city at Hull FC, is off-contract at the end of the season and League Express suggest he is set to have discussions with the Robins about a potential move to the club. The Canadian outfit are unsure about his future and Rawsthorne is free to talk to other clubs, with Catalans Dragons also being linked with the centre or winger.

Support rugby league in the media and subscribe to League Express or League Weekly, as well as checking out the regular coverage of the sport in The Mirror, The Sun, The Guardian and other national newspapers; the more you read, the more there’ll be.

More on site

Rugby League Today: Winners off to Wembley, Wigan finish recruitment & London sign half-back

Halifax confirm QLT exit

Wigan complete recruitment for 2020 with signing of George Burgess

London bring in Aussie half-back for relegation scrap

1895 Cup: Sheffield and Widnes reach Wembley – with highlights