This week fullback Corey Allan, who was previously chased by several Super League club in May, left Canterbury Bulldogs but not to join a Super League.
He has moved to Sydney Roosters, likely to play centre.
This has opened up a big opportunity for Jake Averillo. A young man coming off contract he is wanting to cement the fullback spot and is also determined not to leave the club.
“I’d love to stay at the club. They’ve been really good to me in the last couple of years,” Averillo told the Daily Telegraph.
“Being a local junior, I’d love to stay here. There are big things happening under (Cameron Ciraldo).
“Walking in on day one of pre-season, it just felt refreshing. The club is on the up and I want to be part of that.”
“I’m feeling good about the move. I’m keen to get a full pre-season at fullback.
“I’m new to the position, but getting the last few weeks under my belt has been good. I want to lock down that position.”
He will have to fend off Jacob Kiraz for the fullback spot however:
“(Kiraz) is just a football player, he’s real fast and dynamic, he has good instincts and he’s hard to tackle,” Averillo said.
“I know he’ll be at my heels, but also pushing me to be better. That’s what I want – you want teammates pushing each other.”
However, it is speculated by Zerotackle that he could lose this spot to Penrith Panthers star Stephen Crichton in 2024.
A centre by trade and a hero to Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup, breaking English hearts, he wants to switch to fullback and is subsequently a target of Canterbury as is English star and Brisbane Broncos centre Herbie Farnworth.
Thus, these two could scupper the hopes of the young man and force him out of the spot and potentially out of the club.
Then the question would rise – would he consider a Super League move?