Three potential Super League destinations for free agent winger Josh Mansour

Josh Mansour started on the wing for Lebanon in their opening World Cup fixture against New Zealand.

He also scored the first try of the game as the Cedars scored on the opening set to shock one of the tournament favourites before the Kiwis eventually recovered thanks to Joey Manu as they run away 34-12 winners.

He put in an impressive performance despite being on the losing side, making 152 metres from 20 carries and had two offloads.

Surprisingly, the experienced outside back is now out of contract with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and looks unlikely to re-sign with the Bunnies for 2023 after falling out of favour during this season.

He spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Penrith Panthers where he made over 150 appearances scoring 76 tries before a move to Souths in 2021.

He has found it hard to break into the Rabbitohs back line and at 32 years old may struggle to find another opportunity in Australia.

With his workhorse effort on display against the Kiwis as well as his ability to score, Mansour would be a great addition to a number of Super League clubs. Here are three clubs we think the Cedar winger would be best suited too.

Wakefield Trinity

After a strong finish to their 2022 season, Wakefield is set for another year in Super League with the challenge to remain in the top flight. One of the key reasons for their survival was the emergence of exciting winger Lewis Murphy who lit the competition up with his powerful runs and acrobatic finishing. Murphy looks to be on the way to the top and working with an experienced outside back could help him achieve that, the experience could come in the form of Mansour. With the loss of Johnstone, Trinity will need another winger to support Murphy and Mansour would fill the void well and could be key in the progression of one of Super Leagues top talents.

Warrington Wolves

After a disappointing first season in charge, Head Coach Daryl Powell has already made wholesale changes to his squad as he looks to get the Wolves back on track in 2023. With signings such as Paul Vaughan and Josh McGuire, Powell has shown isn’t afraid to dip into the international market and could be keen to take a punt on Mansour. Warrington currently have a trio of young wingers in Matty Ashton, Josh Thewlis and Connor Wrench who all would benefit from having a player like Mansour in their outside backs group.

Hull FC

With the loss of Jake Connor and Tony Smith coming in, Hull FC are in a transition phase as they look to get back into the playoff picture. With Tex Hoy arriving at the club, Smith will be looking to bring talented outside backs to the club to help the former Newcastle Knights fit into his system and Mansour could be one of the players he is looking at. At 32 years old, Mansour is an older winger but would bring experience to a Hull FC group which could use his guidance for their totally rebuilt spine of Jake Trueman and Hoy.

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