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Australian icon believes some “real high-end” signings will play in Super League in near future

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With hindsight, the mid-2000s was the last era in which some of the greatest players from the NRL made the move to England to try their hand in Super League. Since then, English audiences have had to rely on the international game to get a glimpse of the game’s very best players in the flesh. 

For a fleeting era, some of the modern greats of Rugby League turned out in Super League, with the likes of Andrew Johns, Jamie Lyon, Trent Barrett, Ali Lauiti’iti and Brent Webb all ran out for English clubs in a golden age for overseas recruitment.

Australian test international, Danny Buderus, who was likened to Zinedine Zidane by former Leeds Rhinos teammate, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, was another great of the game who came to the Super League at that time.

There have been fewer big-name recruits from the NRL in recent years, as Super League clubs have struggled to compete financially. However, Buderus believes that may soon change.

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Buderus believes that some “high-end” signings will move to Super League soon

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Reflecting on his motivation for joining the Rhinos, Buderus stated that he had wanted to create moments that he could look back on in later life. Whilst acknowledging that the attraction for players to come to Super League had diminished, he believes that may soon change.

Speaking on Leeds’ YouTube Channel, Buderus stated that he believed that some high-end NRL stars may soon return to Super League. Buderus said:

“The game for me was about being played to come back to moments where you can talk to people and be in a room where you can hold your head up.

“That’s pretty much it for me. Be the best teammate you can be and if you can walk into any room that this game can give you and feel like you’ve got the respect of the room for being a great teammate, I think that’s what it’s all about and any Aussie that comes over here has to be the best teammate and they’ll have a great experience.

“So hopefully there’s more to come, but you do see a fair bit of a nexus heading that way. But hopefully, it’ll all turn around again and like everything, everything starts to turn every now and then and I’m sure it will. You’ll see some real high-end blue chippers come back over here pretty soon.”

Buderus reveals advice to two current overseas stars

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Buderus also revealed that he had offered advice to two NRL players who have made the switch to Super League recently. Buderus worked with Lachie Miller, now at Leeds, and Lachlan Fitzgibbon, of Warrington Wolves, before they moved to the UK.

Buderus revealed that he told them that if they come with their eyes open, ready to embrace the challenge, they will have the best time of their careers. Buderus said:

“I think if you come over here with the right intentions and the right understanding of what you’re going to be a part of, you’ll have the best time.

“And that’s where someone like Lachie Miller, who was at the Knights last year, said, mate, go over there with your eyes wide open and really attached to what it’s about. And anyone I give advice to, Lachie Fitzgibbon, who was at the Knights last year, same thing, he’s gone down to Warrington and said, mate, just go over there and have the best time.

“It’s like something you’ll never experience before or again and the amount of relationships they’ve got.”

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