Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Joey Lussick made his return to the NRL this year with the Parramatta Eels after making his debut with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles back in 2017.
So far this season, Lussick has played five games for the Eels where he has scored a try and made 150 tackles for an efficiency rate of 96.2%.
In 2018, the 25-year-old made the move over to Super League with Salford and would play for the club on 58 occasions.
Lussick was a crucial part of the Red Devils side that came so close to making history back in 2019, as Salford made their first Super League Grand Final and had the chance to become champions of England for the first time since 1976.
Unfortunately, Lussick’s side would go down 23-6 against St.Helens in front of over 64,000 fans at Old Trafford.
However, it seems the Freshwater native will have a shot at redemption and a maiden Super League title in 2022, as Wide World of Sports’ The Mole has today reported that St.Helens are leading the race for his services and are offering him a long-term deal worth a lot of money.
Since 2004 James Roby has arguably been the heart and soul of the Saints, with the hooker playing at a high level consistently throughout his career, but the 2020 Harry Sunderland Trophy winner is going on 36-years-old this year and will not be around for much longer, with Lussick a great replacement for the Super League legend going forward.
Match fitness should not be a worry for the Saints when bringing Joey Lussick in, as he will be starting at hooker for Parramatta now that first-choice number nine Reed Mahoney is out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
Lussick will also receive further big-game experience in his first NRL finals series as Parramatta look to remain in the fight for the Provan Summons Trophy.
The power brokers at St Helens will certainly be keeping a close eye on Lussick’s end to the season ahead of his likely arrival in Merseyside next year.