South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Shannan McPherson and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs second-rower Gary Warburton would consider offers from NRL clubs after being left in limbo by the collapse of Welsh Super League club Celtic Crusaders.
McPherson, Warburton and England Test centre Keith Senior had signed with Crusaders for next season but now face uncertain futures after the club’s shock decision to withdraw from Super League.
Another 13 former NRL players, including Mark Bryant, Jarrod Sammut, Michael Witt, Hep Cahill, Ryan O’Hara, Lincoln Withers and Clinton Schifcofske, are among the Crusaders stars also affected.
The players are fuming after only becoming aware of their fate on Tuesday, when RFL boss Richard Lewis announced the 12 clubs awarded new three-year Super League licences – and the Crusaders were not among them.
McPherson signed with Crusaders four weeks ago, while Warburton only finalised a three-year deal with the club last Thursday.
The pair could now become targets for the Penrith Panthers, although McPherson’s manager, Steve Gillis, said the 25-year-old Souths junior was still keen to play in Europe.