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Thursday, July 2

Paper Talk: Catalans eye marquee moves, NRL calls Holbrook, RFL in Channel 4 talks


There is plenty of juicy gossip in the latest editions of League Weekly and League Express newspapers.

Catalans eye big money signings

Steve McNamara expects ‘one or two significant signings’ at Catalans Dragons amid speculation linking them with England prop George Burgess and Penrith Panthers playmaker James Maloney, report League Weekly.

South Sydney Rabbitohs boss Wayne Bennett last week confirmed Burgess will not be offered a new contract when his existing deal expires at the end of the season, while New South Wales star Maloney has said he would be open on a switch to Super League in 2020. When asked if the Dragons were interested in either player, McNamara told League Weekly: “I think every team is recruiting heavily for next year and we won’t have too much movement at our club – but there will be one or two significant signings as we move forward.”

RFL chat to Channel 4 for TV deal

Channel 4 have expressed an interest in broadcasting Championship rugby league, report League Express.

RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer confirmed in a Championship and League 1 meeting held last week that the free-to-air broadcaster were one of three companies they had held discussions with about a future broadcast deal post 2021, with Sky Sports and BBC thought to be the other two, suggest League Express. Specific details of the discussions remain unclear.

Holbrook wanted Down Under

Justin Holbrook’s name is all over the papers and on the lips of people on radio and television in Queensland right now following Garth Brennan’s sacking by Gold Coast Titans on Sunday, report League Weekly.

Maroons boss Kevin Walters appears to have ruled himself out of the running, despite being a big mate of Mal Meninga, who has conducted a review of the Titans’ football department. Various outlets in Australia claim Saints head coach Holbrook is ‘the hottest thing’ in coaching right now but the Titans face tough competition for Holbrook, with Canterbury Bulldogs…

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