Melbourne Storm is on the verge of re-signing young five-eighth Gareth Widdop, one of the hottest properties in the NRL, with an announcement possibly as early as Saturday.
The Englishman, 22, who before this season had played more Tests for England than first-grade games for Storm, should sign a two or three-year deal before the weekend is over.
It would be a big win for Storm, given Widdop’s electric form this season has put him on every NRL club’s radar.
It’s believed Sydney Roosters were seriously courting the playmaker.
Widdop, who arrived in Melbourne with his family at 15, is a product of the Victorian Rugby League system. He started with Altona Roosters before signing with Storm.
News of Widdop’s imminent re-signing came as centre Beau Champion confirmed he would join Gold Coast next season, signing a three-year deal yesterday.