Salford could possibly be without 2nd rowers Ben Murdoch-Maslia and Josh Jones for the opening game of the season. Both players took part in Salford’s preseason 44-16 Win against Rochdale Hornets on Sunday. Second-row or centre, Josh Jones, has since been diagnosed with a broken hand and is looking at 6-8 weeks on the side line, while his team mate Ben Murdoch-Masila, who was withdrawn after only a few minutes, will undergo scans on his knee to uncover the full extent of his injury.
Over in Yorkshire, Huddersfield have continued to strengthen their squad, by extending the contract of young hooker Kruise Lemming. The 21-year-old, who has played 38 times for the Giants has committed himself to 2020. Lemming is expected to challenge ex Bradford player Adam O’Brien and Australian Ryan Hinchcliffe for the hooking role this season.
At Wakefield, Jamie Batchelor is another youngster that has committed his long-term future to the Super League club. The 18yr old England Academy International made his debut last season and has agreed a new five-year deal that will keep him at Trinity until 2022.
Over in the NRL, news has come out that Newcastle Knights half back Jarrod Mullen has been stood down indefinitely after testing positive for anabolic steroids and is now facing a four-year ban. The 29-year-old former NSW Origin player has made over 200 appearances for the Knights and was linked with a move to Huddersfield over the current off season.
Finally, still in the NRL, ex Salford Red Devils winger Daniel Vidot has officially agreed terms with the Gold Coast Titans ahead of the 2017 season. It is believed that the Samoan International and Brisbane Broncos player has signed a second-tier contract with the NRL Club. Vidot links up with New Zealand International Kevin Proctor, England International Dan Sarginson and Jarrod Wallace who have all joined the Titans over the off season