NRL star and former Super League transfer target Zac Woolford has been denied his release ahead of a potential transfer.
Son of former Huddersfield Giants coach Simon Woolford was linked with a Super League transfer as well as a move to another NRL team but that seems to be off the cards.
It has been reported by Zero Tackle that hooker Zac Woolford has requested a release from the Canberra Raiders to join another NRL team, but his request has been rejected.
This isn’t the first time that Woolford has been rumoured to be leaving the club, as he was previously allowed by the Raiders to explore his options at other teams in September leading to speculation about a move to Super League.
There are also reports that Woolford has fallen down the pecking order in favour of former Huddersfield Giants and former Leeds Rhinos and Hull FC target Danny Levi as well as Tom Starling ahead of this season, despite starting in 21 games for the club last season in first grade.
Woolford, who debuted in Round 10 in 2022, began his first-grade career later than most but has since become a regular member of the starting team.
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the St George Illawarra Dragons attempted to sign Woolford immediately, but the Canberra Raiders rejected the move and refused to issue a release request.
When does Super League return in 2024?
The new Super League season starts on February 15th with a Hull derby as Hull KR and Hull FC collide in what should be a blockbuster start to the new Super League campaign.
After this, we will see another big game as Leeds Rhinos meet Salford Red Devils. The Red Devils will give a debut to Nene MacDonald against his former club whilst Leeds will do the same with Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers.
They will also give debuts to Paul Momirovski, Matt Frawley, Lachie Miller and Mickael Goudemand.
The week after is Round Two which starts with Hull KR clashing against Leeds Rhinos but that weekend Wigan Warriors’ clash with Leigh Leopards postponed with Wigan in the World Club Challenge.
Who are the favourites to win Super League?
Wigan are of course the reigning Champions which is why they feature in the World Club Challenge but the Warriors are also favourites to retain the Super League trophy.
They have added the likes of Luke Thompson, Sam Walters, Adam Keighran and Kruise Leeming to their rankings ahead of the new season keeping the quality of their squad high having lost several key players.
St Helens are the second favourites being the former Champions and having that winning experience.
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