Traditionally people have often bemoaned the loss of star players from Super League to the NRL.
But how many have left for down under this term? Excluding Josh Simm who heads to Australia from St Helens but not to the NRL, six players have left Super League for the NRL in 2023.
Here they are:
Joe Chan: Catalans Dragons – Melbourne Storm
Joe Chan enjoyed a break out season in 2021 and in 2o22 he kicked on once again with some impressive displays playing both second-row and prop and these earnt him a move to Melbourne Storm. His brother Tiaki will be staying having signed his first professional contract with the Dragons.
Jack Cogger: Huddersfield Giants – Penrith Panthers
After two seasons with the Giants and a Challenge Cup Final appearance, Cogger is headed to NRL Champions Penrith Panthers to act as the understudy to world class Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai. This means he could play against St Helens in the World Club Challenge with rules meaning that these two stars could miss the game due to required rest.
Danny Levi: Huddersfield Giants – Canberra Raiders
After shining in his one and only season with the Giants, Samoa hooker Danny Levi is headed back down under to join Canberra Raiders.
Will Smith: Hull FC – Wests Tigers
Following an impressive half a season at Hull FC, Will Smith returns to Australia where the versatile attacking talent will join the Wests Tigers and former Hull KR boss Tim Sheens’ revolution.
Josh Reynolds: Hull FC – Canterbury Bulldogs
Smith joined Hull as the replacement for Josh Reynolds who now returns home. Not only to Australia but the club he made his name with: the Canterbury Bulldogs. Though he is on a train and trial deal only.
John Bateman: Wigan Warriors – Wests Tigers
Wests Tigers paid £250,000 to lure Bateman back to the NRL on a four-year deal. He previously was named Dally M back-rower of the year in 2019 in his first NRL stint with Canberra Raiders.