NRL veteran and State of Origin star available to Super League clubs

A number of high profile NRL players are now available to Super League clubs some for the upcoming Super League season and others for 2025.

Those that are available for 2025 are the players who are out of contract at the end of the 2024 NRL season and therefore are able to negotiate with Super League clubs right now with NRL rules allowing as such from November 1st which is drastically different from the transfer window opening in Super League mid-season.

However, there are some players available right now. These players are more often than not contractually in the same boat as the above players but are able to secure a release like Anthony Milford.

One player who could reportedly fit into either of these categories is Jack De Belin. The forward is a beloved veteran at St George Illawarra Dragons and has played over 200 games for the club. He has also played State of Origin and represented Papua New Guinea.

He has revealed that he is keen to keep playing and it is possible his future could lie in Super League.

“My body feels fantastic,” de Belin said via News Corp, “I feel like I would’ve played the whole year if I didn’t get suspended. I’m 32 but I’m a young 32 given that I haven’t had any major injuries and I missed three years.

“I’m hoping to add them at the back end of my career. I’ve got another three years in me for sure.”

This comes as a number of players in the NRL face uncertain futures with speculation growing around Grand Final star Ezra Mam.

Former England boss Wayne Bennett has confirmed his interest in the stand-off.

“He was the best player on the ground in the grand final,” Bennett said to the Daily Telegraph, “If he comes onto the market, we would certainly be interested.

“We have four halves who can play there, but Ezra is a quality player. There is a lot of upside in him.

“For a guy like Ezra, there’s probably eight other clubs too who are keen, so it does become challenging to get a guy like that. But if he is available, we’ll be in the mix.

“We’ve signed three or four guys from the Broncos. I’m not looking at what club a guy is at, I’m just looking at whether a player has the qualities we need and Ezra can certainly add something to us.”