A HOST of fringe first graders are rushing over to England before the transfer deadline closes in.
A starting No.7 looks set to finish his career overseas.
Plus, the former Brisbane flyer turned English try scoring machine.
All that and more in this week’s edition of Exile Files!
CATALANS WANT MCNAMARA
The Catalans Dragons are in the market for a new head coach and Warriors assistant Steve McNamara is right in their sights.
“I know they’ve approached him and they’ve asked him,” Warriors managing director Jim Doyle told Fairfax NZ.
“He’s still working through things.
“He’s mentioned it to us and we’re talking to him about timing and that sort of thing.
“It’s not something we could say ‘tough luck, you’re contracted to us.’
“First and foremost you wouldn’t want to stand in someone’s way who’s got an opportunity as a head coach.”
Fellow assistant Andrew McFadden had also been linked to the role given his previous time spent in France, but Doyle dismissed the speculation.
POMEROY JOINS WOLVES
Former Penrith and Cronulla centre Ben Pomeroy has joined Super League side Warrington for the remainder of the season.
The 33-year-old, who had also previously played for Catalans, has been playing for French side Lezignan Sangliers.
“I have been playing in the French competition but I was always keen to play in Super League again,” Pomeroy said.
“This opportunity at Warrington came up and I think is perfect for me.
“I’m excited; it feels like I’m making my debut again.
“I’ve still got a lot of friends over here in the Dragons team and have kept an eye on Super League.
“I can’t wait to play and I’m hoping I can do a good job for the club and slot into the system here.”
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TOOVEY OFFICIALLY BULLS COACH
After a hold-up with his visa, former Manly coach Geoff Toovey, has now taken over at Bradford.
Due to the club’s reformation in late January, the Bradford Bulls 2017 Limited had to apply for a Border Licence before the visa could be processed.
“It is pleasing that it is out of the way, it is one less question that can now finally be answered,” Toovey said.
“At the end of the day we had to do the right things by the laws and we have done that now so we can crack on. It was frustrating not knowing when it was actually going to happen, but I’m glad that it’s out of the way.”
MCCRONE TO JOIN WOLFPACK?
Reports have emerged that the Toronto Wolfpack are chasing the signature of St George Illawarra halfback Josh McCrone.
The Dragons playmaker is off-contract at the end of the season and faces an uncertain future with the club to welcome Ben Hunt next season.
Already with Fuifui Moimoi on their books, the Wolfpack were recently linked to former NRL prop Ashton Sims and are pushing for Super League promotion in coming seasons.
LANGI OFF TO ENGLAND
Penrith utility Samisoni Langi has been released immediately to take up a deal in the Super League.
The 24-year-old’s departure was confirmed by the Panthers last Thursday.
“Panthers gave Samisoni the chance to resurrect his career last off-season,” Panthers general manager Phil Gould said.
“He worked extremely hard and went on to play some great football for the Panthers in the ISP competition.
“We wish Samisoni all the best for the future.”
IF YOU MISSED IT …
Wests Tigers flyer Jordan Rankin has joined Huddersfield on an immediate deal until the end of the year.
The 25-year-old previously played for Super League side Hull FC in 2014 and 2015.
Giants coach Rick Stone said: “The main attraction in Jordan Rankin is his ability to play in nearly every position in the backline, he’s played in the outside-backs, he’s played in the halves and he’s played a whole NRL season on the wing.
“He’s got tremendous utility value, he’s obviously been over in the Super League before and he made his NRL debut in 2008 at only 16 years old, so he’s got a lot of experience. It’s a good opportunity for him to come over here and play and it’s a great place for him to further his career.”
HIKU ON THE HOP?
Penrith centre Peta Hiku looks set to leave the NRL to take up a deal with Warrington.
According to 7 News Sydney, the 24-year-old is set to leave the Panthers as soon as this week to take up a deal in England.
A New Zealand international, Hiku is a versatile back who can cover fullback, centre or wing.
Hiku has made nine appearances for the Panthers this season and is under contract until the end of 2018.
VOSSY APPLAUDS FORMER BRONCO EDEN
Remember the name Greg Eden?
That’s right, the former Brisbane winger.
He’s back in England and running riot for Castleford. While he struggled to cement a spot in the top grade at the Broncos and failed to find consistency in his performances, he’s certainly discovered the missing ingredient this season in the Super League according to Andrew Voss.
“What an endorsement for UK players coming to Australia to further their skills,” Voss wrote for NRL.com.
“Eden played a lot of Intrust Super Cup last year but managed to nab one try in his six NRL appearances with the Broncos.
“Wind the clock forward and, after his latest five-try haul at the weekend, Eden has taken his Super League tally to 30 tries in 18 games. He is on course for a record-breaking season. 40 tries is the number to beat.
“If you include a recent Challenge Cup fixture, Eden has five hat-tricks in his last six games.”
LUI TO STAY ON?
Salford CEO Ian Blease has hinted Robert Lui will extend his contract with the club.
A former Tiger and Cowboy, the halfback has been exploring his options in the NRL but while he’s yet to extend his stay at the Red Devils, Blease expects a deal to be struck.
“If you ask him, Rob will tell you he’s a Red Devil,” Blease told League Express.
“His family are settled in, his young lad is at a good school and he’s definitely settled down.
“He’s playing the best rugby of his career, we’re near the top, so why would he want to leave when some of those in for him are towards the bottom?”
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