There’s a strong trend of Australian halves heading to Super League, dominating the game and then making a swift return to Australia with Jake Clifford and Brad Schneider being the most recent examples having turned heads at Hull FC and Hull KR respectively.
Certainly Super League benefits in the short term from having such exciting talent but for some it can be seen as a stepping stone in their development and that was somewhat the case for former Man of Steel Jackson Hastings.
Hastings linked up with Salford and made them one of the most exciting teams in the competition, taking them all the way to the Grand Final.
A move to Wigan followed before his NRL return, where he is currently smashing it having helped take Newcastle Knights to the playoffs.
There had been rumours that he would make a return to Salford with the Mole of Wide World of Sports initially suggesting that the Red Devils’ sale of both Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers to Leeds Rhinos put them in a position to move for Hastings.
He revoked that and clarified no offer had been made, whilst Hastings himself also denied it, but the player has now made another update on his playing status for the future.
Hastings’ Newcastle teammate Adam Clune has just signed for Huddersfield Giants on a three-year deal, as confirmed by the club this morning, and Hastings offered a congratulatory message to his teammate whilst informing Giants fans of the incredible talent they’ve got on their hands.
Hastings shared the news adding: “Some get! Arguably the best half in the comp, can’t wait to see my brothers journey unfold!”
Of course that post led to the obvious question from one fan, ‘when can we expect to see a Hastings return’, and the former Man of Steel has answered.
Asked about a trip back to Super League, Hastings responded “not for a while, no,” indicating his state of content in the NRL at the moment, whilst nor ruling out a return at all.
He had previously spoke of his pride in representing Great Britain on account of his Scouse grandmother but whilst he is thriving in the NRL at the moment it would seem any return to England is on hold.