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Hull KR Super League

Drinkwater set for KR move

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Former Catalans half-back Josh Drinkwater looks set to complete a move to Tim Sheens’ Hull KR in the coming days.

After leaving the French club following the end of his short contract – partially due to the arrival in Perpignan of Matty Smith from St Helens – the Australian pivot has been linked with many Super League clubs in the off-season and last week was rumoured to be joining Wigan prior to their announcement of Jarrod Sammut. However, Sheens’ Robins have moved to the front of the queue and the only thing holding up the confirmation is KR’s desire to move a player out of the club before welcoming the 26-year-old.

Drinkwater joined the Dragons in April after Luke Walsh’s injury-enforced retirement and his arrival sparked a turnaround in form, the former London man being key to their survival and Challenge Cup final success.

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Catalans Dragons Super League

Gelling Dragons-bound?

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Despite having signed a deal with Widnes back in July, former Wigan centre Anthony Gelling is being strongly linked with a move to Catalans with some reports suggesting that the Cook Islands international is set to turn his back on the Vikings with a deal near completion.

After leaving Super League and the Cherry-and-Whites following the 2017 season, the 28-year-old went on to sign a deal with New Zealand Warriors in the NRL. A six-time Cook Islands international, Gelling made seven appearances for the Auckland club, finding it hard to force himself into their first team on a regular basis. As a result, he signed a two-year-deal with Widnes but, having seen the Vikings suffer relegation from Super League, the centre seems likely to turn his back on the club.

Challenge Cup winners Catalans seem set to sign Gelling and were interested in taking him to the south of France before he signed his deal with the Vikings. Following Widnes’ relegation, the move seems back on. The switch is similar to that of Bryson Goodwin ahead of the 2018 campaign, the former South Sydney Rooster signing for Warrington after Leigh, who he initially signed with, dropped back into the Championship.

Goodwin’s move paid off and saw Warrington competing at the top of Super League and appearing in both showpiece finals. The Dragons – if they secure Gelling’s services – will be hoping for the same sort of impact.

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Brisbane Broncos NRL South Sydney Rabbitohs

Cook linked with Broncos switch

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South Sydney Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook is being linked with a move to Brisbane for 2020 to join up with Broncos-bound Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold.

Fox Sports in Australia are reporting that the NRL’s 2018 Coach of the Year is keen to bring his star hooker to the Queensland capital club when his Souths contract expires at the end of the 2019 season. Cook, 27, starred for New South Wales as they triumphed in State of Origin over Queensland and the hooker also went on to make his international debut in the post-season test against New Zealand.

While Seibold is keen to take Cook with him to Brisbane, there are believed to be two other clubs plus South Sydney interested in the Dally M Hooker of the Year for 2020. The player’s manager, Mario Tartak, told the media of interest in Cook. “We’re down to four clubs and that includes Souths. Two are in Sydney, one out of Sydney,” he explained, adding that “they are all strong offers.”

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North Queensland Cowboys NRL

Bronco McGuire set for huge deal in switch

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Brisbane Broncos forward Josh McGuire looks set to leave Wayne Bennett’s outfit and move to 2015 premiers North Queensland Cowboys in a huge $3.2m deal.

News outlets Down Under have revealed that, despite being an Australian international and one of the highest rated forwards in the world game, the Broncos are willing to allow the 29-year-old to move to a Cowboys club who are building a squad capable of challenging for titles both in 2019 and beyond. The length of McGuire’s would-be deal is unknown but it has been suggested that the North Queensland club are hoping he will sign one which will see him play out the remainder of his career in Townsville.

With Tevita Pangai Junior, David Fifita, Payne Haas and Joe Ofahengaue all 23 or under and having broken into the first team squad at Brisbane, it is felt that while they don’t necessarily want to see McGuire leave the club, it would free up salary cap space to ensure they can retain their up-and-coming talent for the future.