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It's week five of pre-season for both Hull FC and Hull KR and they'll both be looking to turn up the ante in the coming weeks as trial games are just a month away.

It seems the Robins could yet make an addition, though. KR have been linked with Jamie Ellis is both League Express and League Weekly this morning, as they look for a solution to their half-back dilemma.

Elsewhere, it seems the kids are alright at FC, that's according to Mahe Fonua at least, who has been praising the youngsters at the KCOM Stadium.

We'll have all the news and rumours throughout the day, so stay tuned.

Reserve League details

Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos will meet in the opening fixture of the new Reserves League on January 30.

The match is scheduled to take place on the same night as the Super League opener between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves.

There will be seven fixtures in the first round with the 10 English Super League clubs and Bradford Bulls, London Broncos, Newcastle Thunder and Widnes Vikings all in action.

Leeds celebrate Brad Dwery's drop goal to give them victory over Castleford in the Golden Point period.
Leeds celebrate Brad Dwery's drop goal to give them victory over Castleford in the Golden Point period.

Each of the 14 teams will play 18 games with the final round scheduled for the weekend of August 30.

There will be no play-off series and the team that finishes top of the Reserves League will be crowned champions.

The full fixture list - including the date for the Hull derby - will be released on Monday afternoon along with the schedule for the Academy Championship, which is now an under-18s competition.

Super League top tryscorer odds: Who are the leading contenders?

Here are the latest top tryscorer odds, supplied by Betfred:

Tommy Makinson 8/1

Josh Charnley 8/1

Tom Johnstone 10/1

Greg Eden 14/1

Sosaia Feki 16/1

Mahe Fonua names the Hull FC youngsters that have impressed him the most so far

Mahe Fonua insists he has been impressed with a host of Hull FC youngsters during his first week in pre-season training.

Fonua only arrived back in the country a week ago, but he was thrust straight into training last week and was put through his paces alongside his new teammates.

Mahe Fonua on his first day of pre-season training with Hull FC
Mahe Fonua on his first day of pre-season training with Hull FC (Image: Hull FC)

Having spent two years with the Black and Whites before, there is a lot of faces he recognises at the club’s County Road training ground both on and off the field.

But there are also those who Fonua has met for the very first time, such as the young players who are still coming through the ranks but have graduated to train with the first-team squad on a full-time basis.

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