Super League is already set to lose Will Pryce and Kai Pearce-Paul to the NRL in 2024 but another name could be added to that list of young talents leaving the English game.
Lewis Murphy is the latest young star that has been linked with a move with reports from Australia suggesting that the Sydney Roosters are making a play for him.
The Daily Telegraph are reporting that a two-year deal is on the the table and will be effective from 2024, meaning Super League could lose a third youngster in that same transfer window.
Murphy is just 20 year’s old but he had a breakout first season in Super League with a four-try haul against St Helens being the game that truly announced him as the next potential superstar.
The Telegraph report that whilst a deal is yet to be signed it is expected and it’s no surprised that the talented winger has caught the attention of the NRL given his 19 tries in 21 games.
He would join England international Victor Radley at the Roosters and would be set to face off against young English trio Pryce, Pearce-Paul and Dom Young who will all play for Newcastle Knights in the 2024 season, providing Young stays.
Speaking to Serious About Rugby League after this news, Wakefield boss Mark Applegarth said:
“We’re always talking as a player and coach do but what I can say is that Lewis is under contract for the upcoming year. There’s no contract signed for the year after that currently so it is all speculation as we speak, if there’s an announcement to make then we’ll make it.
“Lewis is 100% committed to Wakefield Trinity this coming year, I for one am looking forward to seeing him back on the field. I thought he had an excellent year last year and it was really pleasing to see him have that breakout year.”
Now though there has been an interesting development.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Sydney boss Trent Robinson has taken fellow English winger and former Huddersfield Giants star of the future Dom Young, who shone for England in the World Cup, out for dinner as the Roosters enter the race for him.
Unless the Roosters want to sign both young English wingers which would be a surprise, perhaps this points to Murphy’s rumoured move falling through.
Time will tell.