Over the years in rugby league there have been plenty of iconic father son duos with examples being Leigh Leopards current star half Lachlan and head coach father Adrian, emerging talent Jack Sinfield and his legendary Leeds Rhinos father Kevin, whilst the dynasty that’s being built down under at Penrith is orchestrated by the Cleary’s, Ivan and Nathan.
One former Australian international and legendary Brisbane Broncos winger, Wendell Sailor, is another whose son has forged his way into the game.
Just like his father Tristan is now playing for Brisbane Broncos but as yet he’s not reached the heights that his father did in the nineties and noughties.
Wendell played rugby league from 1993 to 2001, racking up almost 200 game for Brisbane as well as 30 rep appearances for Queensland and Australia combined.
A brief stint in England marked the start of his rugby union career, registering 15 in 13 for Leeds Tykes before heading back down under to finish his union career and then add one final season in rugby league.
His son Tristan made the Broncos side this year after having been on a train and trial deal but after just a year with the club he’s being offered to Super League sides per Fox Sports down under.
They report that despite signing a contract extension just months ago the winger looks set to be shipped to Super League, whilst Hull Live have touted Hull FC as one of the key teams chasing him.
The Mole of Wide World of Sports has also reported on the story and suggested that he’d be a fine pick up for any Super League side.
He tweeted: “Tristan Sailor talking to several UK clubs… Moley would take him!”
Sailor’s Broncos have made it through to the playoffs and are now just one game from the Grand Final but when called upon the winger has performed adeptly, however not to the standard of their first choice picks including Selwyn Cobbo.
At 25 Sailor could be a great pick up for a Super League side and with plenty of teams in the market for wingers he could have a number of offers.
Upon the initial signing of his contract extension which saw his contract become that of a top 30 player, head coach Kevin Walters was full of praise.
“He has been playing some fantastic footy in Cup and then he has stepped up when we have called on him in first grade and done a great job for his team.
“He brings a lot off the field as well around the group and I’m sure his dad (Wendell) and all his family will be filled with pride that he is continuing on their legacy here at the Broncos – it’s just a really good news story.”