In a bizarre twist, Newcastle Thunder have made an audacious bid to sign George Williams, Love Rugby League has revealed.
The halfback has been linked with Wigan, Warrington, Leigh and Leeds, but it remains to be seen whether any of those four can fit Williams in to their salary cap for the rest of 2021.
That has left Newcastle to step in to consider a short-term offer.
Thunder chairman Mick Hogan confirmed that his club have made their interest known to Williams’ England-based manager Andy Clarke.
“We have expressed an interest and made an offer to his manager,” said Hogan.
“We appreciate he will want to play at the highest level possible, particularly with it being a World Cup year, but if that isn’t possible due to Super League salary cap issues, then Newcastle would be a great option for him.”
Hogan hasn’t made any secret of his desire to reach Super League and win the whole competition by 2030.
Williams made 31 appearances for Canberra, scoring ten tries and kicking 15 goals.