Super League has been boosted plenty over the last few years with the influx of young NRL halves looking for experience before returning down under, Jackson Hastings with Salford Red Devils and Wigan Warriors being a prime example.
Hastings’ replacement at Salford in Brodie Croft fit the same mould too of a young NRL half with plenty of talent needing a chance and he’s since flourished.
Jake Clifford shone so much this year at Hull FC that he’s made an immediate return to the NRL, however for some it takes time or doesn’t happen and they find a new home in the northern hemisphere.
One man who joined from the NRL and has started to shine is Tyrone May with Catalans playmaker coming into the peak of his powers during their run to the Grand Final.
The Samoan suffered a horror injury at the World Cup during the opening game in which dislocated his hip, setting about a lengthy rehab process which impacted the start of his 2023 campaign.
It would be his second season in Perpignan and ultimately his last as May has signed to join Hull KR for 2024 but he will still firmly have his eyes on silverware with the Dragons for Saturday night.
His teammate Mitchell Pearce has spoken with the Sydney Morning Herald about calling time on his own career come Saturday night, but he also spoke positively about May – even suggesting he could be set for an NRL return soon.
“He’s had a super year. He’s the form five-eighth of the competition,” Pearce told the Herald.
“Obviously, he had his dramas that meant he had to leave Penrith and I reckon it’s been tough for him, seeing Penrith’s success the last two years. He’s a proud Mount Druitt boy.
“He’s signed with Hull next year, but it won’t surprise me if he finds himself back in the NRL in the next couple of years.”
During May’s time away from the NRL his former club Penrith have lifted two titles but there’ll certainly be less bitterness should he be able to lift the Grand Final with Catalans this Saturday.
At just 27 he has plenty of his career ahead of him, and per Pearce potentially even an NRL return after his time with Rovers.