A SNAPSHOT catch-up of happenings around Super League ahead of the 2020 season's resumption this weekend

Young at heart:

CATALANS Dragons, who play St Helens on Sunday in Super League's first match since March 15, have confirmed the signings of four young players.

Corentin Le Cam, Mathieu Cozza, Joe Chan and Mathieu Laguerre had been playing with the reserve team but now have deals until the end of 2022.

Head coach Steve McNamara said: “All four have shown a remarkable attitude and commitment and fully deserve the chance given to them to join the Dragons group. They have added quality to our training sessions and bring a new dynamic to our team."

Turning it on:

HUDDERSFIELD Giants' Jordan Turner will have a Testimonial year in 2021.

Although the former Salford, Hull, St Helens and Canberra centre has only made 59 appearances for the Giants, he can look back on a 14-year career at the top level with 268 Super League games to his name.

He said: "I've not spent ten years at one club but I'd like to think I've given a lot of service to the game. I debuted at 17 and I'm 31 now, to be granted one is a massive honour and to have a bit of recognition for my services is something I'm proud of."

That empty feeling:

WARRINGTON Wolves’ Ben Currie is eager that the team compensate for the loss of their fans when Super League action resumes behind closed doors.

The first taste of this new environment for The Wire will come on Saturday, August 8, against Hull Kingston Rovers at Headingley Stadium.

“In the past we’ve done a lot of training games with different teams, such as Widnes Vikings and Leigh Centurions.

“We’ve done 13 v 13 training and I guess it’s going to be quite similar to that because with no atmosphere you’re going to be able to hear the calls from the other team, hear your own calls, hear the contact, every little bit of it.

“So it’s definitely going to be different. With no fans, you’ve got to look at creating your own energy and your own buzz about the place because you have no fans to do it for you.”

Super League buzz:

IF you're wondering what the buzzer is in the background when you're watching Super League matches on TV...

A buzzer will sound during games when the new 'six-again' rule is enforced.

The sound will complement the signalling of the referee and aid communication to players and others in the ground.

The 'six-again' rule will see the referee award a fresh set of tackles, instead of a penalty, for certain offences around the ruck area.

It is one of a number of changes that have been introduced during the coronavirus stoppage either for health reasons or under a planned review process.

The other main change is that there will be no scrums for the remainder of the 2020 campaign.

You've forgotten something, boss:

CASTLEFORD Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has admitted to a forgetful moment regarding rule changes when the players returned to training from their four-month period of furlough to prepare for the resumption of Super League.

“I did try setting up a scrum before realising, so things are a little bit different and it will take a bit of time!"

On the way out:

HULL KR prop forward Mitch Garbutt will leave the club at the end of the season.

He still has a year to run on his contract.

Rovers head coach Tony Smith said: "We wish Mitch all the best for the future. We're all confident that he's going to finish out the season strong with the club.

"He's been a fantastic servant for us and we are all extremely grateful for his contributions."

Garbutt, dogged by knee issues in recent seasons, had surgery during the off-season but sustained a new knee problem earlier this year.

Gigot on board:

WAKEFIELD Trinity have signed free agent Tony Gigot on a deal until the end of 2021.

The versatile 29-year-old left Catalans Dragons in the winter, and spent time with the Toronto Wolfpack at the start of the season.

The France international, who won the Lance Todd Trophy in Catalans' Challenge Cup Final winning season, can play at full-back, centre and half-back.

Wakefield head coach Chris Chester said: "I'm over the moon because he's a player that I have admired over the last few years."

Follow the leader:

SAINTS' England Knights international Matty Lees is excited for the restart against Catalans on Sunday, while admitting training with new arrival and former club captain James Graham is a great opportunity to learn as much as he can off the experienced international who completed eight seasons in the NRL with Canterbury Bulldogs and St George Illawarra Dragons.

Lees played in every game prior to the coronavirus outbreak and he is likely to continue to get plenty of game time after the departure of Luke Thompson to the Bulldogs.

Covid-19 officer in the house:

FORMER Wigan prop Feka Paleaaesina has been named as Hull FC's Covid-19 officer, along with his role as player welfare officer.

Paleaaesina, who also played for the Black and Whites, Salford and New Zealand Warriors in a top-level career spanning more than 350 games, has the duty of ensuring precautions are in place and being maintained at the club's training facility.

Each club has similar in place.

“There was a lot of planning that went on behind-the-scenes before we came back. The main thing was to make the players feel safe in this environment; a lot of them have kids and older family members who they obviously want to keep safe, so giving them the confidence to be here with no problems was our main priority," said Paleaaesina.

Who will be number one:

CASTLEFORD Tigers will have a new full-back following Jordan Rankin's exit during the lockdown.

Greg Eden, James Clare, Bailey Hodgson and Calum Turner have been given time there in training.

"We’ll probably use quite a few combinations," said head coach Daryl Powell.

"We didn’t want the situation with Jordan to happen, but I think we can fill that role and we’ve got quite a few players who can do that job for us.

"I really don’t want to move Pete (Mata’utia) from centre if I can help it so we’ll work our way through that."

Rankin returned home to Australia after being released from Castleford Tigers and his parent club Huddersfield Giants on compassionate grounds. He has since signed for Parramatta Eels.

Staying power:

LEEDS Rhinos have announced hooker Brad Dwyer has agreed a new two-year deal with the club.

The 27-year-old, who was due to be out of contract at the end of this season, has been with the Rhinos since joining from Warrington in 2018.

Leeds head coach Richard Agar said: "I think Brad deserves a lot of credit for how he has taken on board what we, as a coaching team, have asked from him.

"He would be the first to admit that he is still working on those areas but I think it was evident from how he started the season that he is reaping the rewards now. I think over the next two years that we will see even better things from Brad."

This weekend's fixtures:

St Helens v Catalans Dragons, Headingley, 4.15pm (Sky Sports Arena 3.30pm)

Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos, 6.30pm (Sky Sports Arena, Sky Sports Main Event, both 6.30pm)