FIVE clubs to start bidding war for Gareth Widdop

Five NRL clubs are keen on Gareth Widdop as doubts continue to surface over his future at Warrington.

The 31-year-old has struggled in Super League this season and the Wolves could grant him an early release on compassionate grounds, according to News Corp Australia.

Widdop is believed to want to honour the remaining two years of his contract at the Cheshire club, however his personal situation could force him back down under.

His wife and three children moved back to Australia six months ago and with NRL interest thought to be high in the England international, he could soon follow suit.

Newcastle Knights, Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys, Wests Tigers and Canterbury Bulldogs are the teams eager to bring Widdop in for 2021.

The biggest issue though could be money with the former Melbourne and St George playmaker on a huge deal at Warrington, meaning the highest bidder is likely to land the NRL champion.

It is thought Widdop would have to almost half his salary to return down under but his family situation is likely to be the deciding factor in his decision.

Despite having a mixed time in Super League this season, Widdop is still highly-rated in Australia having played a total of 196 NRL games over 10 years.