Players at Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Wigan Warriors, Hull FC and across Super League face uncertain futures, it is that time of year after all.
There is one story standing above the rest and that is the story of Blake Austin.
Austin has had his ups and downs in a Leeds shirt but in 2023 he was been brilliant more than he has been a let down.
The match winner against Champions St Helens, the star of the show in a brilliant comeback win over Catalans Dragons and unplayable recently against Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves.
In and amongst those two fixtures though talk started about his uncertain future and his comments about the lack of communication from the club has sparked a lot of talk and during this time he has appeared on the JBK show to have his say on his career and in doing so compared current club to former club Warrington Wolves.
He likened them to Manchester United:
“It’s all very similar Leeds is a bigger club. Leeds historically, I probably underestimated how big a club they are over here the Leeds Rhinos and how much success they’ve had.
“Warrington is known as the club that spend a lot but never get any success probably like Man United of late or something like that.
“I couldn’t speak more highly of Warrington. I guess when you first move over, the club that you’re at and how they treat you is how you’re going to view the country and the reason I love the UK so much is for everything that Warrington and the mates I have there. So I’ll never say a bad word about them.
“That was, you know, although some of the worst years with COVID and stuff, you know, also some of the best times and some of the best friends I’ve made, you know, as well.”
Both Leeds and Warrington now find themselves in a battle to make the play-off if they want to keep their dreams of getting to the home of Manchester United in 2023 alive with Austin playing to return to the Grand Final at Old Trafford.