LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Tommy Makinson (R) of England celebrates scoring his sides first try alongside George Williams (L) during the 2nd International Series match between England and New Zealand at Anfield on November 4, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Talk of Tommy Makinson moving to the NRL has been squashed despite him being sighted in Newcastle.

The St Helens player is coming off a strong UK Super League season and an impressive year on the international stage, where he won the Golden Boot for the world’s best player.

Makinson was spotted reportedly speaking with Knights coach Nathan Brown at the club on Monday.

The 27-year-old has made it clear he wants to play in the NRL but remains contracted to St Helens until 2021.

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook shut down the speculation surrounding Makinson.

“I haven’t seen the stories but no one has come knocking on my door from the NRL concerning Tommy,” Holbrook told The St Helens Reporter.

“I know he has been on holiday Down Under but I am expecting him to return to training next week like the rest of our England players.”


  1. As I thought…

    “he has been on holiday Down Under”

    Reg Reagan
    December 4, 2018 at 4:25 pm
    Or… he was just on a holiday and wanted to see what “the other” Newcastle was like. Perhaps even get a seflie in front of a sign to send back to his mates in Newcastle, England?

    • That being said though, speaking with the coach of the local Rugby League team isn’t exactly on the expected agenda for a tourist visiting Newcastle. You can’t blame the media for putting two and two together, even if what they ended up with was 3 😂

      • Fair point but it isn’t clear that Makinson’s reason for going to Newcastle was to meet with Brown and the Knights. Perhaps he was just visiting Newcastle as part of his holiday and then ran into Brown while having dinner at the Leagues club.

        Or, more likely. they were discussing a move down the track once his current contract had expired.

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