Off the Record: Rugby League Rumours and Gossip #121
Will Brad Dwyer leave Leeds? Will Danny Brough stay at Huddersfield? Which Fiji star might be coming to Super League? Find out more in this week’s gossip column.
Bradford interested in Dwyer
Bradford Bulls are interested in bringing Leeds Rhinos hooker Brad Dwyer to Odsal.
The former Warrington Wolves star joined the Rhinos ahead of this season but has been in and out of the team, playing just 11 games in Super League. He has even played two games for Championship outfit Featherstone Rovers on dual-registration.
Love Rugby League understands the Bulls were interested in Dwyer a couple of weeks ago, when Brian McDermott was still in charge, so there might be a change in plans. Kevin Sinfield might want to keep him at Leeds, but only time will tell.
Salford hopeful of Lussick deal
Salford Red Devils are hopeful of completing the signing of Manly Sea Eagles hooker Joey Lussick with immediate effect.
The club are in talks with Lussick over an immediate move ahead of the Qualifiers. The 22-year-old has made just one NRL appearance for Manly and plays most of his rugby for their feeder team, Blacktown Workers, in the NSW Cup. Lussick is the bother of Toronto Wolfpack forward, Darcy.
Vunakece linked with Super League switch
Sydney Roosters forward Eloni Vunakece is considering a move to Super League in 2019, Love Rugby League understands.
The 31-year-old is out-of-contract with the Roosters at the end of the season, with him having made just nine NRL appearances since 2016. We are told that one Super League club are lining up an offer for the Fiji front-rower.
Brough staying put at Huddersfield
Scotland captain Danny Brough will remain a Huddersfield Giants player next season, Love Rugby League understands.
The 35-year-old signed a one-year contract extension earlier in the year but has been linked away with moves to various clubs, one being Wakefield Trinity. Brough is expected to see out his career at the Giants.
Salford keen to keep Bennion
Salford Red Devils are looking to keep Wales international Gavin Bennion for next season, no matter what league they are in.
The 24-year-old has founded chances hard to come by at Salford this season though, making just one Super League appearance. He might want to get more game time elsewhere, with League Weekly reporting that Leigh Centurions and London Broncos are showing interest.
Finn in demand
Liam Finn’s future at Wakefield Trinity hangs in the balance, with the Ireland captain being out of favour in Chris Chester’s side.
Finn has played just two Super League games since May 21, with coach Chester opting to go with Ryan Hampshire and Jacob Miller in the halves. If Finn is on the move at the end of the year, it will not take him long to find a club. Love Rugby League understands three Super League clubs and one Championship club would be interested in signing him.