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NRL star Luke Keary set to reject Super League move despite reports

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Sydney Roosters star Luke Keary had reportedly made a U-turn on his decision to retire at the end of the season and would instead make a move to Super League. That was per Rugby League Live and Fox Sports but now The Daily Telegraph have rubbished those claims, stating that Keary will indeed retire at the end of the season in a blow for Super League.

The 32-year-old remains one of the NRL’s premier halves but he had announced earlier this year the shock decision to retire at the end of the campaign. It was earlier reported that he had gone back on that and seemingly just retired from the NRL with the suggestion being that he would head to Super League and sign for Catalans Dragons.

Those reports that Keary would be making the switch to Super League emerged yesterday via Rugby League Live and Fox Sports in Australia also reported the news themselves.

The outlet stated: “ can reveal the 32-year-old has had another change of heart and will now play for the Catalans in the south of France next year.”

However, The Daily Telegraph have rubbished that stating that Luke Keary is “unlikely to change his mind on retirement” and will reject Catalans’ offer.

It would have been a massive coup for Super League with Keary having been one of the premier halves in the NRL over the past decade and he would have certainly add to Catalans who have struggled since the retirement of Mitchell Pearce and fellow playmaker Sam Tomkins.

Instead, it now seems that Steve McNamara’s side will be forced to look elsewhere.

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Who is Super League target Luke Keary?

Luke Keary

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Luke Keary remains one of the elite NRL halves and should the initial reports be confirmed that Catalans have signed him for 2025 then it would be a major boost for Super League and mark yet another huge star moving from Sydney Roosters.

Hull KR had announced last year that they would be signing Jared Waerea-Hargreaves from the Roosters and it now seems that Keary will follow him, despite his retirement call earlier this season.

Keary’s retirement call had shocked many given his form, age and the fact that he had signed a one-year contract extension with the Roosters, but he now seems set to abandon them and head to Super League instead.

He is an Australian and Irish international and has also represented New South Wales back in 2020, even having been selected in Michael Maguire’s squad for the first two games of this current series which highlights the class that he still carries.

The 32-year-old has made 218 NRL appearances, 63 for South Sydney before making the move to the Roosters for whom he was played over 150 times. His 12-year NRL career has seen him win three NRL premierships, even earning the Clive Churchill medal for Man of the Match in the 2018 win for the Roosters.

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