Doctor’s orders could thrust Clubb into action

New Warriors signing Tony Clubb
New Warriors signing Tony Clubb

TONY Clubb looks set to be thrust into a regular second-row spot as Harrison Hansen inches closer to a move to Salford.

The Evening Post revealed this week how Dr Marwan Koukash was prepared to splash the cash to sign the 28-year-old.

Talks have taken place this week and Hansen could be unveiled as a Salford player within days.

With Liam Farrell occupying the left back-row spot, Hansen’s expected exit would free up a role on the right - which new recruit Clubb would love to fill.

The former London Broncos star (pictured) made his name as a centre and even represented England as a three-quarter.

But he told the Evening Post: “I’d like to play in the forwards. I had a chat with Shaun and that’s where he seems me.

“I hated playing centre.

“When I started playing rugby league I was stuck out there, and that’s where I always played.

“But I just wanted to be in the middle. Whether that’s loose forward, second row or even prop, I’d like to play in the forwards.”

Hansen has one-year left on his deal, and is due a testimonial, but Salford are willing to offer him a lucrative, long-term deal.

Both Hansen and Koukash have declined the opportunity to comment. With Chris Tuson departing for Hull FC - following an aborted move to Wakefield - Wane may still opt for sign reinforcements.

But he has brought in young forward John Bateman from Bradford, and the former England academy captain had already been earmarked as Hansen’s eventual successor.

Wane also has Greg Burke pushing for a place after a strong breakthrough season.