WHITEHAVEN coach Gary Charlton has reiterated the fact that he has no desire to sign a dual-registration agreement with any club, even to field his fringe players in Super League reserve grade.
Charlton told the Whitehaven News: “Dual registration hasn’t even been mentioned.
“We won League One without it and we’ll survive in the Championship without it.
“As for combining players for the reserve grade, I’m not for that. You sign for one club, and one club alone.”
OLDHAM have re-signed prop Jimmy Beckett on loan from Featherstone Rovers for the 2020 season.
The young frontrower scored the try that earned the Roughyeds promotion last year in the play-off decider with Newcastle Thunder.
It was one of six matches off the bench, and the former Castleford Tigers junior went straight into Matt Diskin’s squad for the Championship opener with Widnes Vikings on Sunday.
Chairman Chris Hamilton said: “Jimmy did well in recent pre-season games for Rovers but he wanted to come back and we wanted him back.
“We’ve been working on this for a while and we’re delighted to get it over the line.”
BRADFORD BULLS were not offered any Hull FC first team players on dual-registration on Sunday, which coach John Kear was entirely comfortable with.
Kear said: “I totally understand Lee Radford’s stance with them playing the same day as us on Sunday.
“If they had been playing on Thursday or Friday it’s a lot easier, because they don’t need to keep players on stand-by.”
Kear did include new Hull signing Matty Dawson-Jones in his squad to face London, with only injured duo Sam Barlow and Liam Farrell and the suspended George Flanagan unavailable.
FEATHERSTONE ROVERS coach James Webster had no complaints with the three-match ban handed to halfback Dane Chisholm last week.
The French international was given the suspension for a grade C dangerous lift in the pre-season clash with Leeds.
Webster said: “He will miss two league games and a Challenge Cup tie, which will be the difficult one for us because we won’t get loan or dual-registration players for that.”
Webster did have Luke Briscoe, Callum McLelland and Jared O’Connor available for the Championship opener against Batley.
YORK CITY KNIGHTS halfback Connor Robinson is out of this weekend’s clash with Bradford following his red card against the same opposition in pre-season.
Robinson was sent off for punching in the 71st minute of a feisty clash against the Bulls.
He was available for Saturday’s trip to Toulouse, where he suffered a leg injury, but will now sit out the return game with Bradford at Bootham Crescent regardless of the injury.
Robinson was last week handed a one-match penalty notice for grade B punching.
SHEFFIELD EAGLES will have key halfback Anthony Thackeray available again to face Leigh this weekend.
The experienced playmaker had to sit out Sunday’s Championship opener against Halifax after picking up a one-match suspension in pre-season.
Thackeray was handed the ban for dissent in the close-season game with local rivals Doncaster.
Coach Mark Aston was also without long-term absentees James Glover and Matt James, while Scott Wheeldon and James Davey both faced late checks.