SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21: Gareth Widdop of the Dragons looks on before the round two NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on March 21, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Former St George Illawarra playmaker Gareth Widdop is desperate for a return to the NRL, so much so that the Englishman is ready to slash his wages for a move down under, per WWOS.

While Widdop would be sure to add plenty of spark to a potential taker, there is believed to be little interest in the 31-year-old.

The Warrington five-eighth is the highest paid player in the English Super League, with his current deal worth a reported $700,000-per-season.

Widdop would be open to a move to the NRL for a figure in the range of $500,000 or potentially lower as he hopes to return to Australia to be closer to his children.

With the league yet to finalise salary and list sizes for 2021, NRL clubs are being conservative with potential recruits for the time being.

North Queensland were linked to the veteran last week and will likely need to open up more cap space to sign the Englishman.


  1. The biggest concern I would have with Gareth Widdop is injuries. Even if the Dragons could sign him at a reduced amount, there’s no guarantee he would stay injury free. They would probably need to offload Corey Norman as well, but the money they would have by not signing that bloke who behaved like a porno movie star might be enough to reach a deal.

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