Martin Gleeson
Looking for NRL deal

Gleeson throws hat in NRL ring

Great Britain centre Martin Gleeson wants to be the next English import to make his mark on the NRL.

Gleeson, a free agent after recently parting ways with Wigan, is keen to follow in the footsteps of Test stars Sam Burgess and Gareth Ellis by testing himself in Australia.

Gleeson has scored 109 tries from 274 Super League appearances for Huddersfield, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan during an illustrious career. But the 30-year-old is in limbo after the Warriors parted company with him due to off-field incidents.

The colourful three-quarter was the victim in a blackmail case earlier this year and has not played for Wigan since being sent home for allegedly reporting to training in poor shape. Previously, he and former St Helens teammate Sean Long were suspended for four and three months respectively over a betting scandal in 2004.

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Gleeson’s English agent, Andy Clarke, has engaged NRL manager Steve Gillis to source an Australian deal for his client.

Gleeson could be available immediately should an NRL club wish to bolster its back-line stocks or lose a number of players to injury. But the more likely scenario is a transfer in 2012, given that most clubs have spent up to their salary cap. The success of Ellis and Burgess is expected to prompt more English players to try their luck in the NRL. St Helens prop James Graham is entertaining a stint with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

Read more at the Sydney Morning Herald

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