Joseph Suaali’i is set for a big move.
The Sydney Roosters back was given the chance to star at fullback, a rare instance given James Tedesco, Australia skipper, is nailed on at one at the Roosters.
He truly shone as well due to his explosive running style and the power he possesses.
Suaali’i was described by the likes of former St Helens man Jon Wilkin and others as a “generational talent” however the task for rugby league is keeping him in the sport.
The World Cup Finalist is drumming up interest all across the planet despite still being a teenager.
The trouble at Sydney is they have three players capable of shining at fullback in Tedesco, Suaali’i and of course Golden Boot winner and New Zealand international Joey Manu.
Making things more difficult is that the experienced Tedesco has reportedly contacted the Roosters asking them to extend his deal even though he isn’t currently close to expiry.
If they do extend his deal, Suaali’i’s chances of playing fullback will become thinner which could only spark a further chance of a move away or even to a different sport.
The Sydney Morning Herald previously reported that the fullback could very well make the move to European Rugby Union or indeed Rugby Union down under.
Then it was confirmed that from 2025 onwards he will leave the sport agreeing to a $1.6 million move to rugby union.
He has reportedly said that he will return to rugby league later in his career but this is still a blow for rugby league.
In a bigger blow, the West Australian has reported that rugby union is set to try and raid the sport for more talent in the near future.
Now ZeroTackle has reported that this raid will intensify going into the 2027 Rugby Union World Cup which will take place in Australia.
As this intensifies, Parramatta Eels star Waqa Blake has reportedly been offered to rugby union according to 100% footy.