Today, The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed that Brad Dwyer would not be joining St Helens.
The Leeds hooker said of the rumour: “I see a lot of rumours I am off to St Helens – I won’t be going to St Helens, I can say that, but I am just focused on my rugby now and getting back into the team at Leeds and finishing the year well.”
He also admitted his future is still “up in the air” saying that staying at Leeds is still an option. However, Dwyer has found himself out of favour under new boss Rohan Smith.
He’s been left out of Leeds’ last two games and wasn’t given the nod to start against Huddersfield despite Kruise Leeming’s absence.
The hooker’s contract at the club after five years and a Challenge Cup Final win comes to an end this year and could see him join a Super League rival.
But it won’t be St Helens despite the fact at one stage it seemed like a sure thing when Jenna Brooks of Sky Sports announced it live on air and it made sense too with Saints skipper James Roby supposedly retiring with Joey Lussick set to replace him at nine and Dwyer to come in as the livewire option on the bench.
However, there has been a significant U-turn at some stage behind the scenes with Salford taking over as the front runners.
If Roby was retiring Saints would certainly need another hooker so could Dwyer’s defiant statement on a move to St Helens indicate that Roby will go around again in 2023.
He’s certainly still in fine fettle and has just surpassed Kevin Sinfield as Super League’s all-time appearance maker.
If he does decide to play on again in 2023, it is surely bad news for the other 11 teams in the league as it means St Helens will still have their lynchpin.