St Helens lead chase to bring England star Gareth Widdop to Super League
ST HELENS lead the pack of Super League clubs chasing the signature of England ace Gareth Widdop.
The stand-off has rocked NRL side St George-Illawarra by asking to be released at the end of next season.
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Now Saints sources say they are ‘seriously looking’ at putting together a deal for him, even though he earns £600,000-a-year Down Under.
Widdop, who missed England’s Autumn series with New Zealand because of injury, will have no shortage of admirers after he admitted he wants to finish his career in England, where he emigrated from as a 14-year-old.
The 29-year-old, who was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire but came through at Melbourne Storm, said: “There’s no secret I have aspirations of going over to the UK and playing.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
Wigan and Warrington are thought to be in a position to offer Widdop a deal while Leeds ruled themselves out. Huddersfield and Hull FC may also be keen.
Super League’s ‘marquee player’ allowance, which allows clubs to pay whatever they want with only £150,000 counting on the salary cap, makes it possible to bring him home.
Meanwhile, Joe Wardle and Sebastine Ikahihifo are set to swap clubs after a deal was struck between Castleford and Huddersfield.
And Justin Morgan has been offered the chance to return to English rugby league after being offered the Featherstone job.
Former Hull KR boss Morgan has been out of the game over here for seven years and has worked as an assistant in the NRL.
Now Championship side Rovers has offered him the chance to come back to replace John Duffy, who left for Leigh.
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