Top club to emulate Leeds Rhinos’ recent double coup

Women’s rugby league is growing and developing at a fantastic rate at present.

The Women’s Rugby League World Cup was outstanding and gave English fans the chance to enjoy some of the best players in the game at present.

One of those is headed to Super League reportedly in the shape of Georgia Hale.

The New Zealand international and the New Zealand Warriors star is one of the best players in the game at present and is now a World Cup Finalist.

Hale is rumoured to be following her partner Sami Lisone to Leeds Rhinos with the club reportedly using the fact that they could play together for the same club as a bargaining chip in tempting the two to the club to bolster the men’s and women’s squads.

This is something NRL clubs are now considering.

For instance, the Daily Telegraph reported that the Canberra Raiders are considering a move similar to this in their pursuit of star player David Fifita.

Fifita is currently at the Gold Coast Titans with former St Helens boss Justin Holbrook.

However, the Raiders are hoping to bring him and partner Shaylee Bent to the club hoping use the fact that they could play together for the same club as a bargaining chip like Leeds Rhinos.

He has even met with the Canberra Raiders’ Head Coach Ricky Stuart as revealed by the Canberra Times as they reportedly edge closer to secure the deal.

“I thought he was an impressive young man,” Stuart said of meeting Fifita to The Times.

“He’s only 22 – people forget that. I think he’s got a lot to offer to the game and it’s time that he starts delivering that on the field – he even agreed.

“He wants to play Origin football again and he wants to be a successful NRL player. I know we’re a club that can help him with those challenges and goals.”

The Times has reported that the Raiders have offered Fifita a three-year deal worth approximately $2.7 million. Though less than his current arrangement, any new contract from the Titans is also likely to see a reduction in salary, which aids the Raiders’ prospects.

This deal doesn’t yet include his partner.

“We’ve met with the manager, we’ve met with David. I’m happy with how that’s progressing,” Stuart added.

“I don’t want it to drag on for too long. We’ll just keep communicating with both his manager and David himself.

“He wouldn’t have gone out of his way and spent the day here if he wasn’t genuine about wanting to have a look around and see what we’re about.”

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