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Super League clubs on red alert as major NRL star becomes available

Super League clubs will be on red alert with NRL winger Daniel Tupou set to become available.

Tupou has carved out a real legacy for himself at the Sydney Roosters becoming an NRL Champion with the club in the past but he is now reaching his twilight years.

Last year, the club nearly offloaded him to Super League clubs with St Helens reportedly interested whilst rugby union teams were also said to be interested in the winger.

However, he elected to stay at Sydney but according to the Daily Telegraph he is set to soon call time on his spell at the Roosters and won’t sign a further contract at the club with it set to expire at the end of 2024.

This opens the door for Super League clubs to swoop in and sign him even if on a short term deal. A winger of his quality would still make for an excellent recruit nonetheless.

The Roosters already have plans in motion to replace Tupou with Dom Young signed for next year alongside former Wakefield Trinity winger Lewis Murphy.

They are also set to sign rugby union star Mark Nawaqanitawase which will further help replace Tupou.

This comes as the NRL consider salary cap relief for those willing to sign rugby union talent. Andrew Abdo addressed this recently.

“Would salary cap relief be potentially used? Yes. That’s an absolute possibility that the commission will consider and consider in due course,” Abdo said Fox League.

“We want the best athletes playing our game, whether that’s the men’s or women’s competition.

“Growth is on our agenda, so while our primary focus is developing rugby league talent through our own pathways, we’re also open to attracting and, potentially in some cases, returning to league from other codes.

“We want to create a great environment for that. We know that players are attracted to not just a salary cap but also the opportunity to play in a high-performance environment in front of full crowds and the real tribal nature of our teams, and the quality of the centres of excellence we see at our clubs means it’s an attractive proposition for players.

“You overlay that with the chance to play State of Origin for some or Test matches in the Pacific Championships for others, it’s a pretty compelling proposition for players.”

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