Super League target released from NRL club with England move imminent

Josh McAllister
Adam Clune, Super League, NRL

Adam Clune celebrates his try against South Sydney Rabbitohs with team-mate Phoenix Crossland in NRL Round 25. Photo by AAP Image/Darren Pateman.

Newcastle Knights have confirmed the departure of Adam Clune, with the Australian playmaker expected to continue his career in Super League from 2024.

Zero Tackle reports that the Knights confirmed the future of 10 players at their end-of-season awards night, with Adam O’Brien’s side set to face Canberra Raiders in week one of the NRL finals.

Clune, 28, was among those confirmed to be leaving the club at the conclusion of the current campaign Down Under.

The former St George Illawarra Dragons man has featured in the last three games for the first team with Jackson Hastings sidelined through injury.

The Round 25 tie against South Sydney Rabbitohs marked his first NRL game of the year, having predominantly featured in the New South Wales Cup in 2023 with 15 appearances, scoring four tries and producing an impressive 24 try assists.

He has been dropped and named as 18th man ahead of the elimination play-off with Canberra at the McDonald Jones Stadium this Sunday.

Adam Clune set for Super League move 

With 46 NRL appearances to his name, Clune looks set to join Huddersfield Giants after Examiner Live reported that the West Yorkshire outfit were ahead in the race for his signature above rivals Leeds and Hull.

He is expected to replace the outgoing Theo Fages, who will return home to France in 2024 to link up with Catalans Dragons on a two-year contract.

Head coach Ian Watson has previously confirmed talks with the sought-after NRL half-back, who was a late bloomer to the professional game having made his debut in 2020 with the Dragons against Canterbury Bulldogs.

“We’re interested, we’ll see. We’re speaking, probably like everyone else,” Watson said earlier in August.

“We’ll see and we’re hopeful that we can get something done like we always are when we speak to players.”

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