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Super League clubs offered chance to sign prolific Kiwis star

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Transfer activity in the Super League and NRL is in full swing as a number of high-profile deals have been completed, or are rumoured to be in the pipeline. Now, a New Zealand international is being linked with a move to Super League.

The market for wingers in Super League is particularly busy. Tom Johnstone and Tom Davies are set to leave the Catalans Dragons. Johnstone is set to join Wakefield Trinity for 2025, and Davies is rumoured to be on the verge of a move to Hull KR. The Dragons will bring in Tommy Makinson from Saints as one replacement but still have a vacancy on the other wing.

Hull FC are working hard to rebuild their squad after a tough season, and have relied heavily on young players in the backs. St Helens will be active in the market following the departure of Makinson, and Salford Red Devils are reportedly set to lose summer signing, David Nofolauma after just two appearances for the club.

All of these clubs are certain to be on high alert, as reports in Australia suggest that a player with international experience is available for a move to Super League.

New Zealand international could be heading to Super League

Ken Maumalo Super League

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Ken Maumalo made his NRL debut in 2015, having broken into the New Zealand Warriors side. He has played 135 times in the competition, scoring 63 tries, during spells with the Warriors and the Wests Tigers. He made nine appearances for New Zealand between 2018 and 2022, scoring five tries. He also previously represented Samoa, scoring three tries in four games.

He is currently at the Gold Coast Titans, however, has found opportunities difficult to come by.  According to a report in Wide World of Sports, he could be set to leave the club in pursuit of first-team opportunities. He has mainly featured in the Queensland Cup this season.

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“He’s in their top 30 and is too good a player to be parked in the Queensland Cup,” Maumalo’s manager Dixon McIver explained.

“He is a big strong winger who can make the hard yards… he had knee problems for a while but had surgery and is running freely again.

“We are looking to move him to another NRL club or even to England – he would kill it over there.”

Maumalo looking to restart career

Ken Maumalo

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Maumalo has had a difficult spell following his release from the Wests Tigers, ahead of the 2023 season. He is yet to feature for the Titans’ first team and has been playing for the Burleigh Bears in the Queensland Cup instead.

However, Maumalo is undoubtedly a player of great ability. He won the Dally M award for winger of the year in 2019. He was previously one of the captains at the Tigers.

He has persistently been linked with a move to Super League during his time with the Titans. He was reportedly offered to clubs ahead of the 2024 season, with Gold Coast reportedly willing to release him from the final two years of his contract.

With so many Super League clubs in the market for a winger, could now be the time for Maumalo to get the move he so desparately needs to restart his faltering career.

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