Super League coach set for NRL move

After losing the Super League Grand Final to Wigan Warriors, it was clear that Catalans Dragons faced a new era as we headed into 2024.

This is because of the number of changes on the field. The club lost the likes of Mitchell Pearce and Sam Tomkins to retirement and almost their entire spine has gone with Tyrone May joining Hull KR for next year.

In fact they were nearly joined at the exit door by the final member of the spine: Michael McIlorum. It is well documented that the hooker could have retired if the Dragons had won the race for former Leeds Rhinos hooker Kruise Leeming.

They also have plenty of new faces coming through the door in the shape of Theo Fages from Huddersfield Giants and Chris Satae from Hull FC as they undergo a minor rebuild as they hope to stay up near the top of the Betfred Super League.

This rebuild has taken place off the field as well with the club appointing England assistant and former Castleford Tigers Head Coach Andy Last. Last has also spent time in charge of Hull FC in the past.

This meant the departure of Sam Moa from his role at the club as he went on to look for new opportunities in 2024 and beyond.

Now, according to reports in Zero Tackle, the prop could be set to receive a job in the NRL with many clubs taking note of the success he helped Catalans achieve.

His now former boss Steve McNamara, who has an impressive NRL assistant pedigree himself working under Trent Robinson at the Sydney Roosters for an extended period of time, has fanned the flames pushing for clubs to pursue him.

“He is an outstanding coach and an outstanding human being,” McNamara said, per News Corp.

“His knowledge of the defensive contact part of the game is second to none. He has been awesome for us in terms of what he has provided.

“Anybody who takes him up will get an outstanding coach and person. He will make a difference to any organisation. He is a huge loss for us at Catalans.”

As a former Rooster himself, it will be interesting to see him Moa links up with Robinson at Sydney.