Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
In 2016 the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks made history when they won their first-ever NRL premiership.
After winning an astonishing 15 games in a row during the regular season the Sharks went on to win the big one on the 2nd of October in front of over 83,000 fans at ANZ Stadium when they beat the Melbourne Storm 14-12 in a game that will never be forgotten.
Two standouts for Cronulla that season were outside backs Ricky Leutele and Sosaia Feki with Leutele making the game-winning tackle in the Grand Final.
Both have since departed the club and found themselves playing in the United Kingdom.
Leutele is currently at the Huddersfield Giants who are currently in Super League’s top six and look likely to play in the finals this year.
Feki on the other hand made the move to Castleford in 2020 and has not had the best of luck since departing Cronulla suffering multiple injuries that have prevented him from making an impact in Super League with the winger going out on loan to Championship side Featherstone earlier this month.
However, we could see both players back in Australia sooner rather than later as Channel Nine’s The Mole is reporting that Leutele and Feki are seeking a move back to the NRL.
“Classy centre Ricky Leutele and powerhouse winger Sosaia Feki – both members of Cronulla’s historic first premiership-winning team of 2016 – are being shopped to NRL clubs,” said The Mole.
— The Mole (@9_Moley) May 27, 2022
“The pair have spent the last few seasons in Super League and both are homesick and ready to come back to Australia.”
It may be difficult for the former teammates to find a home in the NRL due to their age with Leutele and Feki 32-years-old and 31-years-old respectively.
Most clubs have largely filled the centre and wing positions which is another reason why these two will find it hard to find an NRL club.
A move to a New South Wales or Queensland Cup side might be the only option for Leutele and Feki if the veterans are adamant about moving back to Australia.