Honestly, we could give you about a hundred reasons to buy League Express, it has just been one of those weeks.
The Super 8s exploded into life, Chris Sandow debuted for Warrington and Theo Fages resigned from Salford. Three massive stories, and that barely scratches the surface of this week’s 40-page edition.
For example, our editor Martyn Sadler reveals the salary of RFL chief executive Nigel Wood and asks whether we can say that Wood is worth the money. Martyn contrasts Nigel’s salary with that of Gary Hetherington at Leeds Rhinos.
Simply put, you do not want to miss out on the paper this week. But in case you’re sceptical, here are seven more reasons why you need to get your shoes on and get to your local store.
1) There’s never a dull moment at Salford, is there? In a week when they pulled off a massive victory over Wakefield, we’re instead all taking about the departure of Theo Fages, who has resigned from the club. We have reaction from Fages’ representatives and the Red Devils.
2) Hull Kingston Rovers fans may well have had a hangover after last week’s semi-final Challenge Cup triumph, but head coach Chris Chester has a headache now as influential halfback Albert Kelly is set to miss the showpiece. We have all the details, plus reaction from Chester.
3) Is Jermaine McGillvary on his way out of Huddersfield Giants? The winger has been very impressive this season, but contract talks appear to have stalled. He’s been speaking to League Express about the situation.
4) It’s hard to believe anyone has time to do anything other than focus on the games ahead, but Catalans remain busy with their recruitment and have signed Paul Aiton to cover the loss of Ian Henderson. Aiton and Catalans head coach Laurent Frayssinous had plenty to tell us about the move.
5) The start of the Super 8s delivered some cracking games across the leagues. There was Leeds’ utterly dominant win over Warrington, Catalans’ shock defeat of St Helens and Salford’s topsy-turvy victory over Wakefield. That’s without mentioning a game that was pointless until the 49th minute, but was brilliant all the same, and Leigh’s first home defeat for two years. You don’t want to miss the best compilation of match reports from the games.
6) If you think we’re exaggerating just how good this week has been, then the fact that Garry Schofield is overwhelmingly positive should convince you. We love having Garry writing for us, and he’s given us his views in this week’s ‘Pulling No Punches‘.
7) We’ll always find space to mention the Mailbag, because we wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for our loyal readers. This week’s mailbag was full of interesting letters and topics, ranging from Dr Marwan Koukash, legal minefields, to the ‘biggest little Rugby League town’.
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