Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Thomas Wright made his NRL debut for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles against the Brisbane Broncos back in 2018 and would go on to play a total of five games for the club at 21-years-old, but would join Super Rugby club the ACT Brumbies in 2019, making his debut for the first team in 2020.
Once given a chance to prove himself at the Brumbies Wright shone, and would go on to make his Australian representative Rugby debut for the Wallabies in the 2020 Bledisloe Cup series against the All Blacks.
Wright would score a try for the green and gold in Australia’s win over New Zealand in the fourth test of the 2021 series.
However, Wright has recently appeared on former NRL player Justin Horo’s podcast the Horoscope and has opened up about his desire to return to Rugby League.
“The whole Brumbies thing genuinely didn’t come up until postseason (2018).” Wright said.
“The season was fully done mad Monday finished, but yeah I feel like I’ve still got a stone unturned.
“If I was to get an opportunity to go back or whatever you know I’d feel like I’d be able to sort of pounce at the opportunity again.”
Wright is currently contracted to the Brumbies until the end of the 2023 Super Rugby season, meaning he would not be able to secure a switch back to the NRL for another two years, unless he were to be released early from his contract by the Brumbies.
He can play in the halves and at fullback, but has predominantly been used as a winger since making his code switch to Rugby Union, and if he does indeed wish to make a return to the NRL then doing so as a winger would be his best bet.
At the moment, Cronulla would be the best bet to sign Wright at the end of 2023 as both Matt Ikuvalu and Sione Katoa will be off-contract at the end of that season, as are Ronaldo Mulitalo and Jesse Ramien.
Wright will be 26-years-old at the end of 2023 and hopefully hitting his prime for the Wallabies, making him a valuable signing for any NRL club.