Below is a round-up of all the biggest rumours and gossip from the world of rugby league over the past week.
Rhinos target to be forced out
Leeds Rhinos have reportedly been very keen on Wests Tigers playmaker Luke Brooks, the man who was instrumental in Wests win over Penrith this weekend. The Tigers have now made a key signing that could turn out to be Brooks’ replacement, which may well make a potential Leeds move all the more easy.
NRL club tried to off-load star to Super League
Kyle Flanagan is a brilliant player but for whatever reason it’s not worked between him and head coach Cameron Ciraldo at Canterbury Bulldogs this season. Flanagan has been dropped and former Hull FC man Josh Reynolds, aged 34, has taken game time from him. Recent revelations have come out that the club have been actively “looking for opportunities for Kyle in Super League”. That had come from The Daily Telegraph who also have suggested that Super League sides may be beaten out and instead he’ll link up with his Dad at another NRL club.
Clubs rush to retain off-contract talent
With May 1st having passed by it wasn’t just a Bank Holiday but a busy day in the Super League calendar, that being the day from which off-contract players can negotiate with rival clubs. That’s going to spell plenty of news in the coming weeks or players re-signing or even signing with other clubs, and so we’ve listed all the players from every club that could be on the move.
Aussie agents circle Super League talent
There’s long been a tradition of the very best Super League stars backing themselves to make it in the NRL but it’s not always been because the NRL has viewed the competition with parity. Since St Helens’ infamous win over Penrith the Australian scouts have certainly paid more attention and Serious About Rugby League understands that a number of Australian agents are “keeping an eye” on the English stars of the future.
English forward considering Super League
AJ Wallace has been dominant in the Championship and the former Leeds Rhinos academy man could be set to make the step back to Super League. He’s off contract at the end of the season and therefore needs to decide upon his future. Serious About Rugby League understand that he’s set to consider Super League options and he could become the latest smart young forward prospect to develop from a spell in the Championship, like recent England debutant Tyler Dupree.
Super League stars destined for the NRL
With the free agent frenzy beginning now on account of teams being able to negotiate with off-contract rival players, it begs the question which Super League players could take their talent to the NRL? We’ve compiled a list of seven of the best who could either make an NRL return or could break out over there.
Developments push winger closer to Super League switch
Daniel Tupou has long been rumoured to be heading to Super League but a series of things have happened of late that could make the rumour materialise into an actual transfer. The Roosters man is battling in a busy backfield but with the 2024 arrivals of English flyers Dom Young and Lewis Murphy, that competition has got a little tougher. Moreover Tupou has now been hit with a devastating injury which will hinder his game time, and therefore his time in the shop window for NRL sides. It could leave him destined for Super League.