Written by Callum Walker
Photo by Hull FC
With Super League currently up in the air about when it will return, clubs are trying their best to survive in such circumstances.
That doesn’t mean, however, that clubs are not looking to recruit for 2021, especially those that are out of contract at the end of the season with their current sides.
Here are five stars whose deals haven’t yet been renewed.
ALBERT KELLY – Hull FC
Covering both the halves and fullback, Albert Kelly has been incredibly useful at Hull FC in his three-year stint. The fiery competitor perhaps hasn’t hit the heights of his first season on Humberside – when he led Hull to Challenge Cup success over Wigan and earned a Dream Team appearance as well as a Man of Steel runner-up award – but he is still at the heart of everything the Airlie Birds do well. Still only 29, there are likely to be a number of suitors for Kelly too.
MIKE MCMEEKEN – Castleford Tigers
Still only 26 years of age, Mike McMeeken appears to have been around for much longer. After joining the Tigers in September 2014, the towering second-rower went from strength-to-strength and played a major role in Castleford’s league leaders success in 2017.
However, since then, the London-born forward has found form difficult to come by and, after playing Rugby Union at an early age, the England international may well be tempted to join the 15-man code once more.
BRAD DWYER – Leeds Rhinos
A former Warrington player, Brad Dwyer was never really given a shot by ex-Wire boss Tony Smith with loans taking him to Swinton, Huddersfield and London. Daryl Clark was, of course, Warrington’s first-choice hooker in Dwyer’s time at the Halliwell Jones so the latter had to look elsewhere.
Leeds was Dwyer’s next destination where he has established himself as first-choice hooker under new coach Richard Agar. It is perhaps likely that the 27-year-old will sign on again at Headingley given his recent form.
BEN CURRIE – Warrington Wolves
Coming through the ranks at Warrington as a 17-year-old, Ben Currie has had his fair share of terrible luck. Three different knee ligament injuries brought his 2017 and 2018 seasons to an abrupt halt as the Wolves stuck by the second-rower.
The 25-year-old still has a good decade left to commit to the sport, and, considering how far he has come and his superb form when he has been on the field, it’s likely Currie will stay at the Halliwell Jones.
JAMIE SHAUL – Hull FC
Another important player out of contract at the KCOM Stadium at the end of 2020 is fullback sensation Jamie Shaul. After joining hometown club, Hull FC, in 2013, Shaul has become the club’s go-to man at the back ever since. With two successive Challenge Cup triumphs under his belt too, the 27-year-old will be a wanted man. Whether he will leave Hull or not is, however, unclear.