Many people have attempted to understand what went wrong for England in the Rugby League World Cup semi-finals against Samoa.
Now star winger Dom Young has attempted to address what went wrong for England in the last four.
“It was a bit strange,” Young said on the Newcastle Knights’ own Podcast.
“That first game to go like that then having to play them again felt a bit weird as you have that in the back of your mind. They’re a bit more fired up for it because they want payback. It wasn’t our day, we didn’t click, we didn’t have any close games and when it did get close we froze from not being in that position as we’d not really had that. It was just a tough game.”
That said, in his view, it was a special experience.
“It was definitely amazing, very special,” Young said.
“I think just because people didn’t know much about, I’d not played too much in England before so to the English fans, I was a relative unknown. So just getting that experience of playing in front of the England crowds and friends and family that I don’t get too much over here especially, was just pretty special.
“Singing the national anthem, hearing all the English fans and how they get behind the team, it’s hard to describe that feeling really.”
“The team just clicked really early, I had great halfbacks and a spine, it was easy for me to get that ball in space, that’s what I want as a winger really. It was all really positive and really good.”
Two after the end of the tournament, Young’s future is not yet decided.
That’s despite the fact Newcastle Knights are very keen on locking in the youngster with the other signings the Knights have made from England in the shape of Will Pryce and Wigan Warriors star Kai Pearce-Paul as well as new assistant coach and former Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott hopefully key to keeping him at the club.
However, two can play at that game and South Sydney Rabbitohs have turned to assistant coach and legendary English player Sam Burgess to tempt him to the club with it being reported that he has held meetings with Young over a potential move.
That said, other clubs are not yet out of the mix.
Serious About Rugby League understands that Young and his management still have to meet with other clubs before a decision can be reached about what Young will do in 2024 and beyond with Young now into the final year of his contract at Newcastle Knights.
When a decision will be made is unclear but Sam Burgess’ involvement is not the be all and end all of this transfer saga.
There are still other clubs, plenty of meetings and twists and turns before Young’s future is settled.
That said, Serious About Rugby League also understands that there is to be a break in this story in so far as there are no meetings with clubs scheduled any time soon allowing Young to focus on the start of the season as he contemplates the offers on the table.
However, there are further meetings set to take place in the future.