Leeds Rhinos star Harry Newman has again been linked with a huge move to the NRL which should come as no surprise given Newman is widely regarded as one of the best young players in Super League and would have all the attributes to excel in the NRL.
Newman has previously turned down NRL interest in the past as well as moves from Rugby Union clubs. Like Regan Grace who left St Helens for Rugby Union with Racing 92, Newman played the 15 man code as well as Rugby League as he grew up.
In December 2021, Newman agreed a new three year deal with Leeds turning down the advances from NRL clubs and Rugby Union clubs. However, that deal is set to expire in 2024 and it seems NRL clubs are interested once more in snapping up the England international.
This rumours have been sparked by his emergence on the international stage. Having been routinely denied an international cap due to recurring injuries, Newman made his England debut against Tong at St Helens ahead of being prepped to take on Tonga in his home town of Huddersfield at Huddersfield Giants’ John Smith’s Stadium.
The Series concludes at the home of Leeds Rhinos at AMT Headingley Stadium and it would appear that Newman’s emergence has coincided with renewed NRL interest as per the Daily Telegraph.
They also claim that “his head has been turned” by the prospect. However, at this present moment this seems unlikely. In truth there is a long way to go in this saga before Newman’s future is determined.
Leeds will likely already have a contract offer on the table for Newman and the Rhinos have certainly shown that they intend to compete for honours which has been an open goal of Newman’s who has been hurt by missing out on both the Challenge Cup Final in 2020 and the Super League Grand Final in 2022 through injury.
The club have also shown their renewed financial power and the creation of a further quota spot for British players gives Leeds all the tools they would require to keep Harry Newman going forward but time will tell.