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Three Championship players Super League clubs should sign

With the Super League season rapidly approaching its mid-point, the table is starting to take shape. For the clubs at the top, they have a good idea of what they need to do to compete for honours this season. For those at the bottom, the weaknesses in their squad are plain to see.

There has been an almost constant stream of transfer activity since the window opened on the first of May. Clubs are scouring the NRL and their Super League rivals to identify the player who could help turn their season around or improve their fortunes for 2025.

Names such as John Asiata, Ryan Hall and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves will all feature for new Super League clubs in 2025. However, Super League clubs may be missing a trick. The Championship has a track record of producing some outstanding talent, and Super League clubs may find a diamond in an unexpected place.

With that in mind, we have identified three talents currently playing in the Championship, who are ready to make the step up to Super League.

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Eribe Doro

Eribe Doro is on the radar of several Super League sides

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Eribe Doro is a wanted man. Earlier in the season, he was linked with a move to Hull KR, and it seems that his impressive performances with the Bradford Bulls have put him on the radar of Super League clubs.

23-year-old, Manchester-born, Doro, started his career with the Warrington Wolves. He made his Super League debut in 2020, against the Castleford Tigers, before scoring his only Super League try to date the following season in a win over Leigh. However, he was unable to establish himself as a permanent fixture in the Warrington side.

After spells with the Widnes Vikings and Halifax Panthers, Doro moved to Bradford, where he has really found his feet. He has made 21 appearances for the Bulls over two seasons, scoring one try and generally proving to be a handful in their forward pack. at six feet tall and nearly 16 stone, Doro is a powerful physical presence and this has sparked the interest of Super League sides.

Whether with Hull KR, or elsewhere, Doro is almost certain to be back in Super League in the near future.

Cory Aston

Cory Aston playing for Castleford Tigers in an orange and black horizontal-striped kit.

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Cory Aston has taken a circuitous route in his Rugby League career so far, only to end up back where he started. Aston broke into the Sheffield Eagles side in 2013, as an 18 year old. He sufficiently impressed over four years with the club to earn a huge move to Leeds Rhinos. However, the move didn’t quite work out, as Aston left the club without making a Super League appearance.

He moved to Castleford Tigers, where he made nine appearances in the 2019 season, before dropping out of Super League to join London Broncos, Halifax and then finally returning to Sheffield in 2022.

His move to the Eagles has seen Aston’s career take flight again. Coached by father, former Great Britain international, Mark Aston, Cory has been instrumental in Sheffield’s resurgence in recent years.  He scored nine tries in 28 appearances for the Eagles in 2023, in a season where the Eagles finished third in the table.

This season, he has been equally important, pulling the strings in the halves for a side which is challenging at the top end of the Championship table.

Aston has proven himself to be an excellent half-back at Championship. With quality halves in short supply, now may be the perfect time for a Super League side to give him a second chance in the top division.

Maxime Stefani

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If you saw a player with seven tries in nine appearances without context on a piece of paper, you would naturally assume it to be a prolific winger. However, that is the record of Toulouse Olymqique’s powerhouse second rower, Maxim Stefani.

26 year old Stefani is an integral part of Toulouse’s side, having joined the club from Elite One side, RC Saint-Gaudens, in 2022. Over three seasons, Stefani has managed an impressive 23 tries in 49 appearances, including 14 last season.

Stefani has Super League experience, having played 13 times for Olympique in their 2022 campaign. He is yet to receive a French cap, although his appearances this season must surely warrant a call up for the mid-season international with England in June.

With IMG placing a greater importance on the number of French internationals in the Catalans squad, Stefani could be the perfect addition to their squad. If not, then another Super League squad should look to bring the Frenchman across the channel.

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