He’s been one of the shining lights for the Bradford Bulls in what has been an absolutely dismal season for the West Yorkshire club, but the name AJ Wallace continues to crop up.
The former Leeds Rhinos youngster left Headingley at the end of the 2021 Super League season in a bid to find more game time elsewhere, moving to Bradford in a bid to do just that.
Highly rated by all those who come into contact with him, Wallace has been arguably Bradford’s best player this season – under both John Kear and Mark Dunning, the second-rower has been full of vim and vigour, attracting the attention of a number of clubs.
But, which Super League club would he most likely go to if he does indeed make the move back to the top flight?
Well, Wallace certainly fits the bill of Hull FC’s new transfer policy in terms of picking up younger, more enthusiastic players with a point to prove such as Castleford Tigers’ Jake Trueman and Newcastle Knights’ Tex Hoy.
With Manu Ma’u leaving and Joe Cator and Andre Savelio with long-term injuries, 19-year-old Wallace would bring a freshness to the Hull pack that could be missing in 2023.
Meanwhile, Lee Radford’s Castleford have a massively ageing pack with the former Hull boss determined to bring the average age of his Tigers side down.
With the likes of Alex Mellor and Jack Broadbent joining the club, Radford has already begun his attempts at doing that and Wallace would be a major step in that direction.
Would he perhaps be a target for his old club Leeds? With Rohan Smith revealing that the Rhinos are very close to the salary cap and need to juggle players, Wallace would be a great investment for the future – the only trouble is, the second-rower was allowed to leave because Leeds previously had a plethora of players in that position.
Wallace would be an asset to a Wigan Warriors side, too, who are likely losing both Kai Pearce-Paul and Oliver Partington in 2023.
In 2022, Wallace has certainly proved himself in an out of form Bradford side, so he is definitely ready to make the next step once more.