Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Huddersfield Giants young gun Will Pryce is only six games into his professional Rugby League career in Super League but is already attracting some serious interest from the NRL.
The Daily Telegraph is reporting that an “Australian heavyweight” NRL club is interested in signing the 18-year-old after reviewing footage of him playing.
The club in question is likely the South Sydney Rabbitohs, as they have just lost their halfback and captain Adam Reynolds to the Brisbane Broncos, with young Blake Taaffe being moulded as a backup to Latrell Mitchell at fullback.
Pryce could be a suitable backup for the incoming Anthony Milford, whose form over the past three years at the Bronco has dropped off significantly, meaning the half could be the “plan B” if a Walker and Milford combination was to not work out.
Another potential suitor would be the Penrith Panthers, who would be concerned with their depth after the drop in form that the club experienced with Jarome Luai and Nathan Cleary out during the Origin period and subsequently due to injury.
Matt Burton is off to the Bulldogs next season and Tyrone May has just about played himself out of wearing the six or seven jersey in the NRL ever again, opening the door for Pryce to become Penrith’s second string half and possible bench utility player in 2022.
Of course, the Storm are another possibility, as they may see Pryce as a raw talent that they can mould in the “Melbourne way” and turn into a superstar that could be Cameron Munster’s long term replacement if the Queensland Origin representative does indeed go on to join the Brisbane expansion team in 2023 or 2024.
Pryce is of course the son of Super League legend Leon Pryce who played 482 games for Bradford, St.Helens, Catalans and Hull FC, and if young Will turns out to be anything like his father then he will be a bonafide star.
This past weekend against Wakefield Trinity, Pryce helped his side to a spectacular 22-18 comeback win, with all eyes surely to be on him as Huddersfield travels to Salford to take on the Red Devils at 7:30 PM local time.