Many players generated headlines during the Rugby League World Cup.
One more so than others was Samoa star Joseph Suaali’i.
The Sydney Roosters back was given the chance to star at fullback, a rare instance given James Tedesco, Australia skipper, is nailed on at one at the Roosters.
He truly shone as well due to his explosive running style and the power he possesses.
Suaali’i was described by the likes of former St Helens man Jon Wilkin and others as a “generational talent” however the task for rugby league is keeping him in the sport.
The World Cup Finalist is drumming up interest all across the planet despite still being a teenager.
The trouble at Sydney is they have three players capable of shining at fullback in Tedesco, Suaali’i and of course Golden Boot winner and New Zealand international Joey Manu.
Making things more difficult is that the experienced Tedesco has reportedly contacted the Roosters asking them to extend his deal even though he isn’t currently close to expiry.
If they do extend his deal, Suaali’i’s chances of playing fullback will become thinner which could only spark a further chance of a move away or even to a different sport.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the fullback could very well make the move to European Rugby Union or indeed Rugby Union down under.
If he did move to Rugby Union it would be a huge loss for the sport.
Making matters worse, now the Daily Telegraph are reporting that Rugby Australia is set to be offered a $10 million deal to leave rugby league.
They reported the following:
“The Roosters whiz-kid has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave at the end of next season or stay for 2024, of which he has until April to push go on. Until then, the Roosters are sweating on extending the contract of the outstanding 19-year old. Suaalii has an ambition to move off the wing which makes the Roosters plans surrounding the futures of James Tedesco, Joseph Manu and Luke Keary crucial to their pitch. The greatest threat to the Roosters losing Suaalii may not be a rival NRL club, but rugby union. Rugby Australia are reportedly willing to offer the supreme talent a $10 million five-year deal.”