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Calls claim that it’s time to end “unfair” Super League transfer rule

Last night one of rugby league’s worst kept secrets got out as it was confirmed that Lewis Murphy was leaving Wakefield Trinity to join the Sydney Roosters.

His agent Craig Harrison explained how the move game about as he also called for Super League to change its rules to match those in the NRL branding it “unfair” that players have to wait until May 1st to decide their future believing they should be able to negotiate over new deals as soon as they enter the last 12 months of their deal like in Australia.

Harrison said on Show Me The Money TV: “We get a phone call and we talk. Suddenly we get a connection with Sydney Roosters.

“When it’s Australia you can talk to clubs 12 months before, I wish our game to protect it as a fan of our sport it should all be 12 months. It’s unfair and we kill our own game.

“It should all be 12 months, same with the compensation rule because there’s no compensation because you’re going to Australia but there would be in the UK.

“We get the call, we feel there’s interest and we go into talks. We were in talks with Wakefield as well.”

Murphy himself underlined his excitement: “It’s just a dream really, especially with such a prestigious club like Sydney Roosters. When you rang me I couldn’t believe you, and then it all escalated and carried on going.

“When you’re younger people always say Australia is like the dreamland and I thought I’ve got nothing to lose so I’d try it out.”

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