Below is a round-up of all the biggest rumours and gossip from the world of rugby league over the past week.
Talented Tongan in Super League switch
It’s being reported in the Sydney Morning Herald that Tongan international Daniel Tupou could be set for a big money move to Super League. The World Cup star is weighing up options between staying with the Sydney Roosters and moving to Japanese rugby but a Super League switch is certainly on the cards.
Dom Young refused reported $2 million
It was breaking news yesterday that England international winger Dom Young had finally confirmed his future for 2024 and beyond, and that saw him reportedly agree a deal to join the Roosters and coach Trent Robinson. Australian media has since speculated that wages of $2 million were refused to make the switch.
Saints star to receive offers “he can’t refuse”
Jack Welsby has come out of the pre-season challenge and in particularly the World Club Challenge with plenty of NRL attention. The 21-year-old full-back has all of a sudden become the sport’s hottest properties and NRL bosses have been speculating how they can acquire his ‘triple-threat’ talents, with one outlet citing he’ll be “made offers he can’t refuse”.
Moses transfer saga nearing end
Mitchell Moses has been one of the stories of the off-season down under, at one point it was even believed that England star John Bateman was holding up his deal to join Wests Tigers. It’s finally being reported that he’s rejected the Tigers officially and will remain with Parramatta, turning down a huge $5.2 million offer according to reports in Australia.
Super League target Penrith bound?
Josh Mansour was one of the notable off-contract names and therefore the talented winger became a huge Super League target. He snubbed the switch to the northern hemisphere and at one point was even offered a role in politics but he’s now found a new team. Training with the Newton Jets it’s reported that he hopes to break into an NRL squad and it just so happens that his former club Penrith have lost their star winger for the year. Could Mansour become a Panther again?
Teammates tip star for code switch
When Eddie Jones became head coach of Australia it was heavily suggested that the former England boss would try and scoop up rugby league talent, Jones being a self-confessed NRL fan. So far he’s failed in his pursuit of the NRL’s top talents however one man who could make the switch is Nelson Asofa-Solomona, and that’s according to his teammates. The Daily Telegraph reported that two of his Melbourne Storm pals “wouldn’t be surprised” if big Nelson made the switch.
England enforcer set for one-club career
Victor Radley was one of the stars for England in the World Cup, yet it was the first time he ever played in the nation he proudly represents. Born to an English father the forward opted for English nationality, something that could harm his State of Origin chances, however he’s a proud Sydney lad as well. That’s why the contract negotiations for Radley aren’t expected to be difficult, however it’s being reported that it could be a case that Radley signs on for life with the Roosters as he’s determined to be a one-club man, per the Daily Telegraph.