The NRL is reportedly interested in purchasing an equity stake of the English Super League.
Britain’s Sky News reports NRL CEO Andrew Abdo and Super League CEO Robert Elstone have held early talks over the last few days, however at this stage no agreement has been made.
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An insider told Sky News the NRL is seeking a 50% stake worth around £75 million ($A135 million).
Like the NRL, the Super League has suffered a financial hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Super League already has a relationship of some sort with the NRL with a number of former NRL stars and coaches making the move to the UK to star in the top level competition and vice versa.
Just a fortnight ago the likes of former NRL players Jackson Hastings and Bevan French went up against NRL and Super League veteran James Graham in the Super League grand final.
The teams battling it out for the premiership, Wigan and St Helens were coached by Australians, ex-Roosters player Adrian Lam and former Broncos and Knights assistant coach Kristian Woolf.
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We’ve seen many NRL players in the later years of their careers take up a deal with the Super League and the same with younger players who haven’t been able to cement a spot in first grade.
For this reason, Fox League commentator and SEN Radio host Andrew Voss believes if the deal were to go through it would provide huge opportunity for emerging players.
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“I don’t think it’s the be all and end all, rugby union is far more global than rugby league, but it at least opens up the world a little bit to league,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“If you’re a rugby league player that could get on a loan scheme to a Super League club, for a season go over to England, in some type of pathways program which could help develop young players.
“I just think it makes a stronger game on a global scale, I think that’s a positive.
“But, I also have some hesitancies with them selling their soul to Australia, I think they need to maintain their own identity.”