Cronulla Sharks halfback Matt Moylan was linked with a big move to Super League earlier this year and the chances of him making the move to Super League have now dramatically increased.
The halfback is one of the veterans of the NRL would add experience, composure and game management to any side which are of course key components to any winning team.
Earlier this season, Moylan was linked with a move to Catalans Dragons to replace the retiring Mitchell Pearce.
The scrum-half arrived at Catalans at the end of the 2021 season to replace his former Sydney Roosters and State of Origin teammate James Maloney at Catalans. The two won the NRL Grand Final together in 2013 and the State of Origin in 2019 as well before Maloney moved to the French club and bowed out a beaten Grand Finalists with Mitchell arriving at the club to replace him ahead of 2022.
He likewise would finish fourth in his first year and then lose the Grand Final in his second year making the Grand Final against Wigan his final game. He retired despite NRL interest due to a pile up of injuries. Meanwhile Maloney completed his career in the French Elite One Championship prior to joining North Queensland Cowboys as an attack coach for 2024. There is still speculation that Pearce could do something similar with former club the Sydney Roosters.
Catalans have a legacy of signing top NRL halfbacks and in the summer all signs pointed to that legacy being extended by the signing of Moylan but that trail went cold and the club turned their focus onto signing Theo Fages from Huddersfield Giants.
But with Tyrone May leaving for Hull KR, there is still an opening and thus they could re-ignite their interest in Moylan or look at the likes of Tom Dearden.
Even though the Dragons are in need of a halfback and were once front runners for Moylan, their search is set to be extended with the Leigh Leopards likely the club set to sign him according to reports.
One thing is for certain, Moylan is now officially available to Super League clubs due to being in his final year of his contract which means he can negotiate with any club from November 1st meaning Super League contracts can move for him.
Furthermore, as is often the case, this also means that he could be released from the final year of his deal firmly opening the door for clubs to make their move and the Leigh Leopards are reportedly doing just that.
Having been initially reported in the UK by Aaron Bower, Wide World of Sports, the Age and Zero Tackle down under are reporting that Moylan is on the verge of signing for the Leopards.
He is set to replace Ben Reynolds who has joined Featherstone Rovers. He has been the Leopards latest port of call after missing out on the signings of Leeds Rhinos bound Brodie Croft and NRL star Anthony Milford.