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“Got to cash in” – Experienced forward admits Super League move is imminent

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Veteran NRL forward Jack de Belin has been linked with a move to Super League and that now looks even more likely after his recent comments to NRL media.

The 33-year-old has played at loose forward and prop throughout his 14-year career, all of which he has spent with St George Illawarra Dragons for whom he has racked up 215 appearances.

de Belin has also played State of Origin, featuring in all three games for New South Wales in the Blues’ first win since 2014, whilst he featured for Papua New Guinea in 2023 making his debut aged 32.

It was confirmed last week that he had been offered to Super League with his St George career seemingly set to close shy of his 15th season and de Belin has now spoken on that, and his likely move to Super League.

“I’ve got to weigh it up” – Veteran NRL forward set for Super League

Super League target Jack de Belin

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News of de Belin’s availability for Super League clubs broke last week with a report by The Daily Telegraph that explained St George hadn’t offered the 33-year-old a new deal meaning Super League clubs had been notified of his availability.

He would certainly have plenty of suitors with a number of loose forwards on the move in Super League already, not least John Asiata who will be departing Leigh Leopards for Hull FC.

Speaking on his likely exit and if Super League is the next step, de Belin told NRL media: “That’s the thing I’ve got to weigh up as well now,”

He continued: “But at the same time, footy careers are a short thing and you’ve got to cash in and make the most of it while you can. It is a lot, it’s a massive move”.

Whilst he appears accepting that Super League is where his future lies, it didn’t stop the pain for de Belin who will leave St George after spending his entire career with the club.

“If the club wants you, they’ll do what they can to keep you,” he said.

“At the end of the day, it is a business. I’ve seen some of my best mates come and go. It is heartbreaking at the time but it’s a business”.

Where could de Belin go?

Jack de Belin linked with Super League

Leeds Rhinos have a serious size problem in their pack and the PNG international would help remedy that, whilst other clubs such as Warrington Wolves could consider him.

It was reported that Warrington has lined up Huddersfield Giants captain Luke Yates as their number one target for 2025 but if that doesn’t materialise then they could recruit de Belin, a former teammate of enforcing prop Paul Vaughan.

On the other hand, if that move does go through then Huddersfield will have a free quota spot and a glaring need for a new loose forward. There certainly appear to be options for de Belin, however, sadly for him those options seemingly don’t include his beloved St George Illawarra Dragons.

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  1. Harry

    May 18, 2024 at 4:27 am

    For a middle forward, 33 seems old, but JDB was stood down for a couple of years by the NRL (taken to court, not convicted), so he had plenty of time to iron out niggling long term injuries. He’s been going well for St George this season. If new coach Shane Flanagan thinks JDB does not fit in with his long-term plans, he might well get an offer from at least one of the other Sydney clubs. Don’t think JDB is old and useless. He isn’t.

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