Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
As a junior Bevan French was one of the hottest young prospects in Rugby League as he fielded offers from multiple clubs to join their developmental ranks.
He would eventually sign with the Parramatta Eels and made his debut for the first-grade side in 2016.
For a while French was touted to be the club’s long-term fullback but in 2017 injury caused the former Inverell Hawk to miss game time and opened up an opportunity in the number one jersey for Clinton Gutherson who went on to lock down the role and nearly win the Dally M Medal.
In 2018 French would unfortunately succumb to injury once again and failed to get another chance to play in Parramatta’s first-grade side.
This led to the 26-year-old moving to England and signing with the Wigan Warriors who he has since proven a try-scoring machine for, playing for the Cherry and Whites in the 2020 Super League Grand Final.
While French has enjoyed a great career in Super League he seems set for a move back to the NRL as The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio appeared on SEN radio and is reporting that a struggling side will look to bring French in next season.
“Footy fans would know Bevan having spent his NRL career so far at Parramatta over to Wigan in the Super League,” Riccio said.
“Just a try-scoring machine.
“He’s an exciting player and a good pick-up for the Knights.”
While French is yet to put pen to paper, it is believed that he has agreed to a two-year-deal with Newcastle and is expected to officially sign very soon.
French is currently leading the Super League top try scorer tally with 27 four-pointers, seven of which came in the one game against an under-strength Hull FC.
There have been rumours of French returning to the NRL for a while but nothing as substantial as this.
Wigan will be hoping that their fullback gets his future sorted as soon as possible with the Super League finals right around the corner and the Warriors sitting in second place and looking to prevent their arch-rivals St Helens from winning four league titles.