Every Championship player stepping up to Super League in 2021

The Championship is a hotbed of Rugby League. Whether it’s finding a gem of a player or a coach, the second-tier is a hub of untapped talent.

Every so often though, a Super League side takes the plunge. The likes of Alex Walmsley and Chris Hill both started their careers in the Championship and that has prompted other clubs to take a look.

But, just which Championship players will be stepping up to Super League in 2021?

James Bell – Leigh Centurions 

After plying his trade for two seasons with Toulouse, James Bell has been snapped up by Leigh ahead of the 2021 season. Formerly of the New Zealand Warriors, loose-forward Bell made a name for himself at the French club for his hard-hitting defence and strong carries. Still only 26, he’s likely to make a great impact in Lancashire as the Centurions aim to stay in Super League.

Danny Addy – Salford Red Devils

He’s been there and done that with Bradford and Hull KR, but after dropping down a division to play with Leigh in 2020, Danny Addy is now back in the big time with Salford. 30 years of age, the utility man can play a number of positions which will make him incredibly useful for the Red Devils. And, with new boss Richard Marshall saying how impressed he has been with Addy’s application in pre-season, look out for a big year for the Pontefract-born playmaker.

Sam Luckley – Salford Red Devils

24-year-old Sam Luckley had been due to sign for the Ottawa Aces ahead of their foray into British Rugby League in 2021. However, their deferral meant he was left without a club after previously playing for Newcastle Thunder. Salford have taken a punt on the giant front-rower so expect to see some barnstorming runs from the new recruit.

Dan Norman – St Helens

At 6-foot-5 and 113 kilograms, ex-London Broncos forward Dan Norman is a beast to say the least. Called a “mini Alex Walmsley” at just 23 years of age the former Widnes academy product is set for a bright career at new club St Helens. Expect Norman to feature sparsely in 2021, but expect him to have a major impact when he does.

Rob Butler – Warrington Wolves

Another gigantic forward that was playing for the London Broncos in 2020, Rob Butler is one year younger than Dan Norman but he is no less intimidating. Warrington have taken a chance on the rampaging prop, signing him up on a two-year deal.

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