Super League club in talks over huge transfer

There have been doubts over the future of Leeds Rhinos star and former Leigh Leopards centre Nene MacDonald since he didn’t feature against Hull FC last weekend.

He headed down under the week before for family reasons and he was expected to return in time to play against the Black and Whites.

He did not and questions were raised about the future of the centre moving forward.

Now fellow centre Brenko Lee has been released from the NRL and is set to move to Super League with Catalans Dragons and Huddersfield Giants linked but so have Leeds Rhinos according to Fox League.

According to The Mole of Wide World of Sports, Wigan were also interested in the Dolphins centre.

The Tongan international and Queensland representative joined the NRL’s newest club for their inaugural season and according to the Notorious Mole, the club could have lost him to Wigan Warriors.

The 27-year-old could have received a long term deal at the DW Stadium according to the Mole.

He has another year left on his deal with the NRL club but they were set to allow him to leave if he secured the move to the Warriors for 2024.

However, Wigan went in a different direction as they announced that Adam Keighran has signed a two-year deal with the club from the 2024 season yesterday.

The 26-year-old, who has played at centre, stand-off and hooker, will join the Warriors after the completion of the current season with the Catalans Dragons.

He began his career at Penrith Panthers playing in the New South Wales Cup where he was picked as one of two centres of the year, before making his first grade debut for the New Zealand Warriors in Round One of the 2019 season.

He then had two seasons at the Sydney Roosters making 17 NRL appearances before joining the Catalans Dragon for the 2023 season.

Adam Keighran said: “My family and I are looking forward to the next 2 years at Wigan.

“I’m eager to continue learning and improving my game under the staff there, learn the history of the Club and hoping to add to the success the Club already has.”

Wigan Head Coach Matt Peet added: “We are excited to welcome Adam and his family to Wigan.

“His form for Catalans has been excellent this season and I look forward to working with him. He will bring athleticism and a high skill level to our back line.”

This means Lee is still available for 2024 should a Super League club look to offer him a similar deal.

A top quality player, it would be a smart signing for a number of clubs.