Joe Batchelor’s rugby league career is a magical story, Hollywood script stuff.
He only entered the professional game at 22 after spending time down under after playing his amateur rugby at Dewsbury Celtic with brother and former Wakefield Trinity and now Hull KR man James Batchelor.
In 2016, he joined Coventry leaping to York in 2017 where he worked with James Ford impressing prior to earning a move to St Helens in 2019.
He had a loan spell at Leigh Leopards, then Leigh Centurions, but has since cemented himself as a star at St Helens winning the 2021 and 2022 Grand Finals as well as the 2021 Challenge Cup Final prior to earning a call up to the England squad for the Rugby League World Cup under Shaun Wane.
Thus, it has been some journey and he is no doubt grateful to all the clubs who have guided this amazing journey and thinks one of his former clubs would make a good addition to Super League.
As IMG prepare to re-imagine rugby league and introduce licencing to Super League once again, he believes York, among other clubs, would be a good addition to Super League.
Speaking earlier in 2022, he said: “100% they [York] would be a great addition to Super League, I think there are two or three other clubs as well who would be good additions to Super League on top of what we already have.
“But York has a tremendous area, tremendous growth and the people who run the club I can only think they would improve the competition.”