Once again, former Leeds Rhinos target Martin Taupau could be on the cusp of a big move to Super League.
The forward is available to negotiate with Super League clubs and NRL clubs being out of contract at the end of the 2024 season.
He has long flirted with a move to Super League and now Super League clubs can make the move now. He could even be tempted to make the switch ahead of the 2024 season as having one year left on his deal makes him likely to receive a release should he request it.
The big prop starred for Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup even featuring in the final against Australia.
He has been linked with a move to Super League in the past with Leeds Rhinos being seen as potential suitors a few years ago.
However, this time last year a real saga raged on around the prop. At first, a move to Super League seemed unlikely with five NRL clubs leading the chase for his signature.
That said, the struggles between the NRL and RLPA (Rugby League Players Association) ensured that the CBA negotiations were slow and that salary cap was left undecided.
This opened the door for Super League clubs who began sniffing around hoping to exploit the situation.
Even when the cap was decided upon, Super League clubs still had a strong chance of signing the prop due to the fact that the RLPA warned players to avoid signing new deals as the NRL had not confirmed the new cap with them and by extension had not given them the full details.
Meanwhile, Fox League reported that the Broncos beat South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Parramatta Eels to his signature the later of which he nearly joined at the start of the 2022 season.
Meanwhile Super League clubs Leigh Leopards and Catalans Dragons were likely interested, though may not have made an offer.
Now a year on, Taupau is again available to Super League clubs and we could soon see him in the UK moving forward should a Super League club make a move for the impressive and experienced prop.
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