League Latest: Bateman and Hardaker latest, Koukash reveals all, Leeds face exodus & chairman blasts disciplinary

League Latest – keeping you up to date with the latest news from the world of rugby league. Here are some of the headline-grabbing stories from the last 24 hours.

Richardson plaudits

Danny Richardson won the Castleford Fans’ Man of the Match for his performance in the Tigers’ 23-18 victory over Wakefield.

Hardaker rumours gone quiet

The speculation that Zak Hardaker would be leaving Wigan has seemingly disappeared into thin air and, with the fullback being preferred over Jai Field by head coach Adrian Lam, looks almost certain to be a Warriors player in 2022.

Mergers on the table

Hull FC chairman Adam Pearson has told the BBC Five Live Radio podcast that mergers could be on the table for the future of rugby league – but it hasn’t exactly been met well.

Leeds face exodus

Leeds could be set to lose Callum McLelland to Castleford, Konrad Hurrell to St Helens and potentially Rhyse Martin with the trio yet to sign new deals.

Kelly’s future

Albert Kelly has earned himself a new deal at Brisbane Broncos, Serious About Rugby League has revealed.

Bateman involved

Wigan’s John Bateman was involved in a fight with former teammate Curtis Scott which had a major influence on the latter’s sacking by Canberra, according to Serious About Rugby League.

Cas add coaching duo

Castleford have added experienced coaching duo Danny Wilson and Rob Nickolay for 2022 and beyond, Serious About Rugby League has reported.

Disciplinary minutes revealed

Serious About Rugby League has revealed why Willie Isa, John Bateman and James Bentley have all been banned.

Wigan to appeal

Wigan are said to be considering whether or not to appeal the charges brought against Willie Isa and John Bateman, according to Serious About Rugby League.

Tetevano escapes ban

Zane Tetevano has escaped a ban, despite a late hit and Serious About Rugby League has explained why.

Stadium development

Sale Sharks are set to buy the AJ Bell Stadium, the Rugby Paper has reported.

Beaumont for changes

Leigh owner Derek Beaumont has called for rule changes to occur in rugby league to improve the game, Serious About Rugby League has reported via BBC Radio Manchester.

Scott has his say

Curtis Scott has opened up on the issue with John Bateman that led to his sacking, Serious About Rugby League has revealed.

Holmes responds

Oliver Holmes has hit back at a Wakefield troll on Instagram following brutal messages, Serious About Rugby League has reported.

Bentley taunts Wigan

James Bentley has taunted Wigan with his latest Instagram post, Serious About Rugby League has revealed.

Another SL fixture in danger

Catalans’ clash at Salford could be in danger following the Dragons’ positive COVID-19 cases last week, Serious About Rugby League has reported.

Koukash speaks out

Dr Marwan Koukash has spoken out about rumours linking him with a return to rugby league, Serious About Rugby League has revealed via BBC Radio Manchester.

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