On May 1, the rugby league transfer window opened, leaving out-of-touch players free to speak with rival clubs in both hemispheres. Here, we take a look at some of the biggest names available that are likely to attract interest.
Regan Grace – Saint Helena
The Welsh midfielder is off to a frustrating start to 2022 due to injury, but is one of the hottest prospects due to his style and raw speed. Speculation linking him to a switch to rugby will again abound as the months go on, but with the chance to represent the Welsh Dragons at this year’s World Cup, Grace may be tempted to secure a deal on code. of 13 men. in the immediate future.
Jake Trueman – Castleford Tigers
Since scoring a hat-trick in his second Castleford appearance, Trueman has become one of the prominent figures at Wheldon Road, with several clubs looking to bring the former Bradford man into possession in 2023. Warrington, Leeds and Hull FC are considering their options and entering into competition with Castleford Tigers for their services.
Bevan French – Wigan Warriors
French was instrumental for the Warriors in 2020, following in the footsteps of Ben Barba and now Jai Field by looking unstoppable every time they step onto the field. However, the Frenchman had a torrid 2021 after being ruled out for most of the season following a hamstring injury against Salford Red Devils. The livewire is currently playing on the wing for Matty Peat’s side, and with Field taking the full-back role by storm, French can see his future away from DW Stadium.
Tom Johnstone – Trinity of Wakefield
Like French, Tom Johnstone has had many ups and downs during his career, and Johnstone has been plagued by injuries that have slowed his progression in the game. However, due to his prolific try-scoring prowess and ability to score from anywhere on the pitch, he has been consistently linked with a deal away from the club. With Wakefield hovering at the bottom end of the Super League for a number of years, the England international may see 2023 as the perfect time to move away from Belle Vue.
Gareth Widdop – Warrington Wolves
When Widdop signed for Warrington in 2020, expectations were sky high for the former NRL grand final winner. Widdop has failed to reach the same levels at Halliwell Jones Stadium and, at 33, could leave Wolves at the end of 2022. There will be options for Widdop in the UK and in Australia, with the running back having plenty of connections below. Widdop moved to Australia with his family at the age of 12 and he may see his final years as a player in the lower grades in New South Wales.
Matt Parcell – KR Helmet
The hooker has been sensational for the Robins and is one of the main focuses of their attack. However, reports speculate that Parcell will return home in late 2022, with the Brisbane Broncos and Redcliffe Dolphins battling for Parcell’s signature. The Hooker will be a considerable loss for Rovers and the Super League, but at the age of 29, the former Manly man is ready for another shot at the NRL.
Joe Lovodua – Hull F.C.
When Brett Hodgson brought Lovodua to West Hull from Sydney, the Fijian was an unknown quality. Still, the utilitarian has conquered the Super League and is already a fan favorite at the MKM Stadium. Lovodua has the adaptability to play in numerous positions when necessary for the Black and Whites. The helmet is in good shape with Lovodua at the heart of the FC’s backbone. Hodgson hopes to tie it down for 2023 and beyond, but he won’t be the only interested party.
Sam Kasiano – Catalan Dragons
2021 dream team member and Samoan international Kasiano is out of touch at the end of 2022. However, the former Canterbury Bulldog powerhouse is more than likely looking for another Super League job if his time at Perpignan is running out. its end. Weighing in at over 115kg and standing at over 6ft 5, the front strut is a real handful in the middle of the park. Although Kasiano seems to have been around forever, he still has many years to go at 31 years of age, and it would be a real coup if a Super League rival could get his signature.
Chris McQueen – Huddersfield Giants
Brisbane-born McQueen qualified for England through his father and has a single cap to his name in 2017. The Huddersfield defender is playing the best rugby of his career. The former Wests Tigers man has crossed the whitewash seven times already in 2022 and is one of the first names on Ian Watson’s team sheet. McQueen’s immediate future heads into this Saturday’s Challenge Cup semi-final against Hull KR. Still, Mcqueen will be on the radar of a number of teams that need experience and composure in their ranks by 2023.
Matt Whitley – Catalan Dragons
Whitley is rumored to be homesick and ready to finish his four-year stint in the south of France. With a bunch of suitors ready to get his signature. A forceful full-back with time on his side, Whitley is someone who goes under the radar but he is a player every club needs. Born in Wigan, you’d expect Whitley to line up for a Lancashire-based side in 2023, but Hull KR have apparently also shown an interest in acquiring the former Widnes man for next year.