RL Today: Young future, Wire loan & a special moment for the Hodgson family

Dom Young Newcastle Knights PA Credit: Alamy
Dom Young Newcastle Knights PA Credit: Alamy

Young opens up on his future

Newcastle Knights winger Dom Young hopes to have his future sorted before the NRL season gets underway in two weeks. (Fox Sports)

The England star is reportedly attracting interest from a number of NRL clubs, with Sydney Roosters linked with him.

Young told Fox Sports: “I’m just leaving it down to my management at the minute, ideally I’d like to get it sorted in the next few weeks. But in the meantime I’m fully focused on starting round one well and having a good year with the Knights.”

Warrington youngster loaned out

League 1 club North Wales Crusaders have signed young back Josh Lynch on a season-long loan from Super League side Warrington for the 2023 campaign.

He made his debut in their game against Dewsbury on Sunday.

Lynch said: “I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to play for the club. I feel like it’ll be a great chance to improve my skill set and better myself as a rugby player. Living in Colwyn Bay, I’m familiar with the home pitch, so having the chance to play on it in front of the home crowd will be a great experience.”

 

A special moment for the Hodgson family

There was a lovely moment on Friday when Newcastle Knights young gun Bailey Hodgson came up against his uncle Josh Hodgson of Parramatta Eels in a pre-season trial match.

It was Josh who got the bragging rights thanks to a 36-14 victory for the Eels!

 

Mansour not giving up NRL dream

Lebanon international Josh Mansour has not given up on his NRL dream just yet. (CODE Sports)

The 32-year-old winger featured in a pre-season trial match for the Newtown Jets at the weekend, the feeder club for Cronulla Sharks.

Mansour told CODE Sports: “There’s nothing official just yet, but I’ll hopefully get all that wrapped up next week and we’ll go from there. I definitely want to get a top 30 contract if I can. There’s a lot of background chat that I’m trying to block out, but I still love the game and I’m not ready to throw in the towel.”

Watch: Levi’s try for Canberra

Samoa international Danny Levi finished off a lovely move for Canberra in a 36-4 defeat to Wests Tigers on Sunday.

The hooker linked up with the Raiders on a two-year deal following an impressive season in Super League with Huddersfield.

 

Hull KR double blow

Willie Peters has revealed two of his Hull KR players are likely to miss their trip to Salford on Thursday. (Hull Live)

Winger Ryan Hall and forward Rhys Kennedy both left the action earlier in their 27-18 win over Wigan on Saturday.

Scotland prop Sam Luckley or Irish duo Frankie Halton and Louis Senior could come in to replace them, according to Hull Live.

HALL: Hull KR winger forced from action with rib injury

Birthdays

Former Great Britain, Featherstone, Hull and Halifax prop Karl Harrison turns 59 today (February 20).

Also celebrating; ex-Fiji international Daryl Millard (38), former Leeds and NRL prop Luke Burgess (36), Australia international Daly Cherry-Evans (34), Jamaica international Greg Johnson (33), ex-Scotland international Johnny Walker (32), Hull winger Adam Swift (30), Hull KR forward Luis Johnson (24) and Cook Islands star Kayal Iro (23).

Former Scotland international Adam Walker would have turned 32 today. RIP.

Trivia

St Helens became the first British team since Wigan in 1994 to win the World Club Challenge in Australia.

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