Exclusive: Ex-NRL centre to return to Super League amid Leeds Rhinos rumours

Though most Super League clubs have spent up to the cap and have few or no quota spots left available, you get the feeling that the drama of this off-season is only just beginning.

With whispers of a transfer merry-go-round set to begin, another rumour started last night that Brayden Wiliame could be on his way back to Super League.

Wiliame started his career at Parramatta Eels before a spell with the Manly Sea Eagles.

In 2017, he made the move to Catalans Dragons and helped them fend off relegation as they slipped into the Million Pound Game against Leigh.

He also played as the Dragons won the Challenge Cup Final in 2018 against the Warrington Wolves before leaving the club at the end of 2019 to join St George Illawarra Dragons.

After two seasons with the Dragons, Wiliame left to take up an opportunity in rugby union with USA Perpignan.

However, rumours have begun circulating that Wiliame could be set to join Leeds Rhinos in 2023 as they look for a centre following the departure of Zak Hardaker and Liam Sutcliffe.

Serious About Rugby League understands that Wiliame will be headed to Super League in 2023 having signed a deal with a club in the top division of the Northern Hemisphere.

However, with which club remains unclear though the deal is said to have been tabled a month or so ago.

Leeds could very well be the team in question with the Rhinos needing a centre ahead of 2023. However, the Rhinos have used up all their quota spots for 2023 at this present moment which means one of their current overseas stars would have to leave to create space for Wiliame who is a Fijian international.

Furthermore, the fact the deal was offered a month ago may shed further doubt on Leeds being the club in question due to the fact a month ago they were still hopeful of keeping Zak Hardaker.

So, perhaps a more likely destination is his former club the Catalans Dragons who have been open about looking for a new centre after letting Samisoni Langi and Dean Whare look for new clubs going into 2023.

They lost out in the race to sign Ricky Leutele and could look to someone they know can do them a job in Wiliame for next year.

Unlike Leeds, the Dragons have quota spots and could have more should Dylan Napa and Josh Drinkwater leave as expected.

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