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Reports: Multiple Super League clubs battling for Jack de Belin signature

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The Super League transfer market has showed no signs of slowing down this week, despite the international break. The pause in competition on the field has allowed clubs to focus their attention on matters off-the-field, and put into place their plans for 2025. 

A number of Super League clubs are currently scouring the NRL for star overseas signings and the Leigh Leopards and Catalans Dragons have both moved to bring in big NRL names this week, signing David Armstrong and Nick Cotric.

Another name who has been frequently linked with a move to Super League for 2025 is St George Illawarra’s Jack de Belin. De Belin has spent his entire career with the Dragons, representing New South Wales in State of Origin and playing for Papua New Guinea internationally.

Speaking to the West Australian, de Belin has now opened up on his options for 2025 and the likelihood of a move to the Super League.

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Leigh Leopards target has received Super League offers

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Jack de Belin has now opened up on his future options, as he considers whether to accept a move to Super League. De Belin, who has been linked with the Leigh Leopards, is out of contract at the end of the season and faces the possibility of leaving the Dragons for the first time in his career.

However, Leigh face competition, as the report confirms de Belin has received multiple offers from Super League clubs for 2025.

The Dragons are believed to be keen to keep hold of his, however, a deal is yet to be agreed. Now, speaking in the West Australian, de Belin has admitted that, although his preference is to remain in the NRL, he may move to Super League if no contract offer is forthcoming. De Belin stated:

“It’s nice to know there are options over there (in England),” de Belin said.

“I could go overseas essentially.

“Maybe if I didn’t think I was up to the speed of the NRL any more, or if I didn’t have it in me I could definitely go over there.

“But while I’m still playing at a higher level, a big part of me wants to stay here in the NRL. I don’t think I’m in a position to go yet.”

De Belin disagreement with Dragons over contract length

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The disagreement with the Dragons appears to boil down to the length of the contract on offer to de Belin. The Papua New Guinea international is keen to secure a two-year deal, to give him valuable security as he approaches the end of his career.

However, the Dragons appear reluctant to agree to this. According to de Belin, he was hoping to have the deal agreed by now. However, he understands the nature of the business he works in and the need for the club to secure their own interests.

“That’s kind of what the stand-off (with the Dragons) has been,” de Belin said.

“I would prefer to get the two years so I don’t have to go through this whole process again next year.

“I have been at the club for a long time. I feel like they know what kind of player and person I am.

“I was hoping to get that, but at the same time it is a business and they have to do what they have to do as well.

“I would like to get something finalised pretty quickly.”

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  1. Harry

    June 30, 2024 at 11:28 am

    New Dragons coach Shane Flanagan is not one to be bullied by players.

    He refused a request for a release from play-maker Ben Hunt (who now seems happy)
    He told star winger Zac Lomax that he must play winger not centre, or leave. Lomax said he would go, and Shane said “fine”.

    (The laugh in this is that Lomax signed with Parramatta which has been rubbish this season – thery have sacked their coach and are coming last. The new coach is likely to wanr Lomax to play wing not centre, given Lomax hs been selected to play on the wing for the first two State of Origin matches this year, and he played the house down. He was earning $900K at St George but will get only $600K at Parra. Ha Ha.)

    Saint George is going well this year under Flanagan, and made it into the top eight this weekend.
    So Jack de Bellin may decide that one year with his current club is all he is going to be offered, and perhaps its not such a bad place to be.

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