Tommy Makinson reveals if he would take NRL move after rejecting approach in 2018

Tommy Makinson is one of Super League’s greatest ever wingers.

The 31-year-old has scored over 1,000 points in a St Helens career that includes five Super League titles and three Dream Team appearances.

Makinson has also excelled on the international stage and in 2018, he scored a hat-trick in the Test Series against New Zealand as he won the prestigious Golden Boot award.

And speaking on the England RL YouTube channel, the Saints try machine has revealed that his form that year brought about an opportunity to move to the NRL.

As part of a segment called ’13 questions with’, Makinson was asked by a fan: “Would you ever be interested in an NRL move later in your career?”

To which the England star answered: “Now probably not, no. That ship has sailed. I had a chance to go back in 2018 but it was something that I never took up.

“Yeah, I’m probably quite happy at St Helens now and hopefully I can make more history. First things first, let’s try get a World Cup win.”

Makinson’s England team-mate and fellow winger Ryan Hall was the same age as Makinson now, 31, when he moved from Super League outfit Leeds Rhinos to NRL giants Sydney Roosters.

However, Hall failed to score a single try in 11 appearances for the Roosters, with starting opportunities limited for England’s all-time top try-scorer during his two-year stint in Sydney.

Meanwhile, another question posed to Makinson in the feature saw him name his three favourite centres to play alongside during his career, to which he reserved special praise for a Castleford Tigers legend.

“I would probably say Kev Naiqama, I won quite a lot with Kev. I’ll also say Mark Percival, he’s probably one of my favourite humans and rugby league players.

“The third I’ll go with a man who was there when I was starting off and helped me loads, Michael Shenton. He helped me a lot at club level, when I made my debut, he was always great with me.”

You can watch the full feature with Makinson here…

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