Brenko Lee’s agent confirms talks with Leeds Rhinos with Nene Macdonald’s future unclear

Josh McAllister
Brenko Leeds, Leeds Rhinos

Brenko Lee has been granted an early release from the Dolphins with his agent confirming talks with both Leeds Rhinos and Catalans Dragons for 2024.

Speaking with News Corp, Lee’s agent Chris Orr confirmed ongoing discussions with the Super League clubs, with Rohan Smith’s Rhinos potentially on the look out for a new centre.

Nene Macdonald’s future remains unclear after the Papua New Guinea international failed to return to England when expected.

He was granted paternity leave to return home for the birth of his child, but was expected to be back in time for the Round 24 clash with Hull FC at the MKM Stadium, having been named in the provisional 21-man squad.

Leeds released a statement on Friday ahead of the clash confirming Macdonald’s absence, with boss Smith later implying he was unsure on the centre’s future.

The news could pave the way for Lee to join the Headingley Stadium outfit, with agent Orr of Pacific Sports Management telling News Corp: “We’re currently talking to a number of clubs, including Catalans and Leeds, there’s a bit of interest.

“Brenko helped Wayne and the Dolphins kickstart their NRL campaign, but he now wants a different challenge in the Super League.”

Brenko Lee confirms Super League desire

Former Queensland State of Origin representative Lee, 27, confirmed his desire to continue his career on the other side of the globe, having made 88 NRL appearances to date, scoring 25 tries.

The journeyman won the Premiership with Melbourne Storm in 2020 and also played for Canberra Raiders, Canterbury Bulldogs, Gold Coast Titans and Brisbane Broncos.

He joined the Dolphins ahead of their inaugural NRL season on a two-year deal.

“I have achieved a lot within the NRL,” the one-time Tonga international said.

“I won a grand final and State of Origin series along with being one of the inaugural Dolphins players, all of which I am proud of.

“I am looking for a new challenge and Super League is something I have always wanted to test myself in.”

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