Since his heroics in the World Club Challenge last year, St Helens star Lewis Dodd has routinely been linked with a move down under.
Especially in the months after the win, Dodd was subject to NRL interest with reports that Wests Tigers tried to sign the halfback. In the end, after advice from St Helens CEO Mike Rush, Dodd elected to turn down the Tigers who eventually signed Leeds Rhinos star Aidan Sezer instead.
Dodd’s contract expires at the end of this upcoming season but he has an option to further extend it till 2026. Nonetheless, this opens the door for NRL clubs like the Manly Sea Eagles to pursue the player as reported by Serious About Rugby League.
There were also reports from League Scene that the Saints were close to agreeing a new deal for Dodd like they did with Jack Welsby.
This has yet to be announced and according to Zero Tackle in Australia, there are three clubs interested in Dodd down under in the shape of the Canberra Raiders, Canterbury Bulldogs, and St George Illawarra Dragons.
Manly’s interest in the halfback has seemingly run cold.
St Helens star Dodd delays decision
This comes after Lewis Dodd spoke about his future to the Daily Mirror. At a recent event put on by St Helens, the club aired their documentary about winning the World Club Challenge down under against Penrith Panthers in their own backyard.
Dodd was central to this nailing the decisive drop goal in the victory. After this, he spoke to the Mirror when he put his focus on the new season and pushed back talk of his future to a later date.
“I don’t know. You never know what is around the corner. What I’ve got to focus on – and what the lads have to focus on – is we’re going into a new season and we’re not champions,” Dodd told The Mirror.
“If we talk again at the end of the year and we’re champions, that’s probably a better time to talk. But we’ve got a job to do this year and that’s what me and the rest of the lads are focused on.”
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