Paper Talk: Wigan pair update, Wolfpack creditors slam RFL & Schofield wants more chances for youngsters

We’ve had a look through the Monday morning papers.

French and Hastings update

Wigan coach Adrian Lam says Jackson Hastings and Bevan French will be back in the UK “soon”, according to Wigan Today. The superstar pair have remained in Australia following a COVID-19 outbreak at the Warriors’ training ground which delayed their arrival. Lam said: “It’s been more beneficial for me as a coach that they stay in a healthy environment, Covid-free, with their families, and maintain their training.”

Toronto creditors lay in to club and RFL

A Canadian company has slammed the leadership of the RFL and Super League over a £170,000 debt it’s owed by Toronto Wolfpack, reports League Express. John Phillips from TV production business iLink, said: “It’s become very obvious that the Wolfpack have done everything they can to not pay their suppliers, including us, a number of individual freelancers, team staff, players and even their former chief operation officer.”

Schofield calls for youngsters to be given more chances

In his League Express column, former Great Britain international Garry Schofield says young players are not getting enough chances to impress in Super League. He said: “Not enough coaches are willing to back their judgement on a teenager and stick with him even if the going gets a little tough. I think that’s a crying shame, and such a short-sighted selection policy will only have a negative effect on the standard of the domestic game, and ultimately, the Great Britain team, in future.”

Fifita NRL links quashed

Speculation linking Wakefield forward David Fifita with a move to the NRL is wide of the mark, according to Yorkshire Live. The 31-year-old has two years left on his Wakefield deal but was linked with Penrith Panthers, something which sources close to the players have rubbished.

Prior due back this week

Leeds forward Matt Prior will return to the club this week, Kevin Sinfield has confirmed to Leeds Live. The Australian’s arrival had been delayed due to concerns over the pandemic situation in the UK, which will delay his family following him over.

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