In recent times we have seen some huge moves from the biggest Super League stars from Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves to the NRL.
Perhaps the biggest of the last decade was when Sam Tomkins left Wigan Warriors as a Super League Champion in 2013.
Tomkins had cemented himself as Super League’s super star. He made his debut in 2009 and by 2010 he was already clearly a special player picking up the Young Player of the Year.
After making the transition to fullback, he was in the conversation for the Man of Steel by 2011 and in 2012 he was picking up the award ducking and darting through defences week in week out and finishing the year as the league’s top try scorer.
Now England’s number one, he was vital in guiding Wigan the the league and cup double in 2013 before leaving to New Zealand Warriors.
Super League’s super star and biggest name left to test himself in the NRL. In the eyes of many, history is about to repeat itself.
This is because Jack Welsby, who grew up idolising Tomkins, is on the same path. He won a Grand Final at a young age, and was even the hero, and soon would transition from other positions to fullback like Tomkins.
Now the league’s best player to watch and the face of the competition, he has been in the Man of Steel picture for two seasons in a row.
He has now taken on the England fullback spot after Sam Tomkins’ retirement and this coupled with his heroics with the World Club Challenge has sparked widespread interest in the fullback from NRL clubs.
Now Roar are reporting that the likes of Sydney Roosters, Canberra Raiders and St George Illawarra Dragons.
They even believe that they could pay a fee of $700,000 to secure his services before his contract expires.
The interest in Welsby is only going to increase after his heroics for England as the youngest England captain in history with the fullback producing one of the best passes you will ever see against Tonga to set up Tom Johnstone as England claimed the win.