Today in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds hooker Brad Dwyer confirmed he would not be joining St Helens.
He said “I see a lot of rumours I am off to St Helens – I won’t be going to St Helens.” He also stressed that he doesn’t know what his future holds and has not ruled out staying at Leeds.
Dwyer has been an integral part of Leeds’ team in the last few years helping them to the Challenge Cup in 2020 but has been left out of the side for the last two games and didn’t start against Huddersfield despite Kruise Leeming’s absence.
This has led to plenty of speculation that he’s set to leave at the end of the year but where to given that any move to St Helens is off the table.
So, we’ve put together a list of three potential destinations for him moving forward.
Salford Red Devils
After the St Helens link, a link to Salford appeared with some claiming that Dwyer had signed for the Red Devils for 2023. Salford only have one senior hooker in Andy Ackers with the young Amir Bourouh also in the squad and Chris Atkin cover in the role. However, Dwyer would be a huge asset to the club being able to provide bite off the bench and would be another player for Bourouh to learn off.
A Wigan lad, a return home is surely a possibility for Dwyer. Wigan have for a long time run with mainly just one hooker in Sam Powell and Brad O’Neill has proven to be an able deputy winning the Challenge Cup Final this year. However, Dwyer would give Wigan something different off the bench and further spice up their attack.
With Adam Milner turning into more off a backrow and Cain Robb still quite young, an able deputy for Paul McShane at Castleford is something the Tigers somewhat lack. Dwyer’s speed from the ruck would compliment McShane’s organisation perfectly and could see Lee Radford be more willing to use McShane as halfback cover which is something they could do with now following Jake Trueman’s injury. Perhaps with the mid-season shake we’re seeing right now, Dwyer could follow Alex Mellor to Castleford in an early Leeds exit?