Leeds Rhinos and England star Ryan Hall is nearing a move to NRL side Sydney Roosters, according to stories coming out of Australia today.
Channel Nine’s Wide World of Sports reporter ‘The Mole’ has claimed that Hall, who has spent his entire career with Leeds, is set to sign for the 2013 NRL winners and replace the outgoing Blake Ferguson, who will join Parramatta Eels ahead of the 2019 campaign.
30-year-old Hall has been linked with a move away from the Rhinos for a number of months now due to the fact he has not signed a new contract with the club and his current deal expires at the end of 2018. It was thought that Hull KR was a possible destination, but it now seems that the man nicknamed ‘world’s best winger’ will seal a move much further afield and see out the back end of his career ‘down under’.
During his career in Super League, which began in May 2007, Hall has made 327 appearances and scored 232 tries, including a career best 28 in the 2009 season. He is also one of the most successful players of the modern era, winning six Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups, two League Leaders’ Shields and a World Club Challenge.
He has also scored an impressive 37 tries in 39 matches for England, making him his countries all time time top try-scorer.
Should the deal go through, it may also lead to confirmation of the rumours that the Rhinos have offered Luke Briscoe, who recently joined the 2017 champions on loan from Featherstone Rovers, a permanent deal from next season as they look to find a replacement for their experienced winger.