Super League Ins and Outs
There have been plenty of players arriving in the UK this week as the likes of New Zealand, Cook Islands, Samoa, PNG and Italy all touched down ready for the start of the RLWC2013 in less than a week now!
But they are not the only players who have been on their travels this week, Wigan confirmed the long anticipated news that they had signed two players from London Broncos as the northerly migration continued from London. Maybe the only surprise was the one of the players involved. Whilst Dan Sarginson has been linked with Wigan for most of the 2013 Super League, it was perhaps Tony Clubb that raised a few eyebrows, with most having speculated it would be another of his Broncos team-mates that would be joining Sarginson in cherry and white next season.
Warrington this week brought an ex-Wigan man back to the Super League from the NRL. Matty Russell left Wigan 12 months ago to join the Gold Coast Titans where he has been a big part of their U20s team and Tony Smith hopes Russell will help to plug part of the gap left by Brett Hodgson at the Wolves. Russell will also be hoping to impress over the next few weeks as he pulls on the shirt of his native Scotland during the RLWC2013.
Another mention for Warrington this week is their mid-season signing, Roy Asotasi. Asotasi, who will be linking up with the Wolves next season, was one of two Samoa players who missed out in the final 24 man squad named for the RLWC2013. Meaning Asotasi misses out on acclimatising himself to UK ahead of next year.
In the previous couple of week’s “Ins and Outs” has speculated that the upcoming RLWC2013 will put many players in the shop window for Super League clubs and it seems Hull KR have decided to start the ball rolling before the competition even kicks-off. According to reports coming out of Hull, the Craven Park club have signed up Papua New Guinea duo Enoch Maki (prop) and Francis Paniu (centre/ winger) who will join up with PNG captain Neville Costigan next season.
I am sure the PNG duo signed by Hull KR will not be the last World Cup players who find themselves at a new club next season, especially not if the amount of Super League coaches watching the England Knights take on Samoa and England take on Italy yesterday is anything to go by.