RL Today: Dwyer to depart, Shaul loan, Richardson future & French hailed
Dwyer to depart
Leeds coach Rohan Smith has confirmed that hooker Brad Dwyer will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Leeds Live)
On Dwyer, Smith told Leeds Live: “We haven’t made an offer to Brad. I’m not sure what he’s doing either, but he’s free to do what he wants to do because his contract is expiring.”
Castleford half-back Danny Richardson is out of contract at the end of the season, but has indicated that he wants to remain at the Jungle beyond this year. (The Yorkshire Post)
Richardson told The Yorkshire Post: “There have been conversations, nothing major. The lads know my stance: I love it at Cas and love playing for Radders (Lee Radford). Hopefully we get something sorted soon.”
Hull FC are considering sending out full-back or winger Jamie Shaul out on loan for the rest of the season. (Hull Live)
Wakefield and Championship heavyweights Featherstone are interested in the former England international, according to Hull Live.
Huge praise for French
Liam Farrell says his Wigan team-mate Bevan French is one of the best players he has ever played alongside. (Wigan Today)
French last week broke the Super League record for most tries in a single game as he scored seven in a 60-0 win over Hull.
On French, Farrell told Wigan Today: “It’s hard to put him in a bracket with the likes of Sean O’Loughlin, who have been absolute legends of the club for such a long time, but in terms of natural talent and ability, I can’t think of anyone above him, in terms of who I’ve played with.”
Championship player receives eight-match ban
Newcastle forward Alex Foster has been handed an eight-match ban for assaulting a match official.
Foster, 28, was charged following the incident in Newcastle’s win over Bradford on the eve of Magic Weekend.
However, the RFL tribunal found him guilty at Grade F meaning he now misses eight games.
Hull find Reynolds replacement
Hull FC have filled the void left in the halves by Australian half-back Josh Reynolds, who they released last month.
The Black and Whites have signed former Gold Coast Titans utility Will Smith for the rest of the season.
Hull coach Brett Hodgson said: “He brings NRL pedigree and real versatility at an important stage of the season for us, especially at six, one and nine.”
Former Australia, New South Wales and Wigan winger or centre Jamie Ainscough turns 50 today (July 20).
Also celebrating; York assistant coach Ben Cockayne (39), Brisbane Broncos prop Ryan James (31), New Zealand international Moses Leota (27), Wests Tigers full-back Daine Laurie (23) and Leeds hooker Jarrod O’Connor (21).
Toulouse prop Justin Sangare becomes only the third French international to sign for Leeds after Patrick Entat and Eric Anselme.
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