SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13: Gareth Widdop of the Dragons looks on during the round 10 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at ANZ Stadium on May 13, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

St George Illawarra Dragons star Gareth Widdop is at the centre of a bidding war between English clubs despite the playmaker being contracted for the 2019 NRL season.

Widdop recently announced that he would play out next season for the Red V before departing for the English Super League.

Despite reports that the Warrington Wolves are set to announce a two-year deal for Widdop, the cashed up Huddersfield Giants are set to make a big play for the Englishman.

And behind their billionaire owner Ken Davy, the Giants are confident of landing the 29-year old.

Warrington are still considered the frontrunner to sign Widdop for 2020 behind their recently acquired coach and ex-Dragons mentor Steve Price.

Should Widdop join the Wolves, he would form an elite halves partnership with for Canberra star Blake Austin, who is the bookies’ early favourite for the 2019 Man of Steel award.

6 COMMENTS

  1. He’s been a good game manager & organiser for St.George.
    Despite the panic buy of Norman to play in the halves, after Widdop. Who’s going to do that job after Widdop ?
    Hunt had no idea , when Widdop’s gone off injured.
    Norman even when playing well has been a good ball runner. Not a great organiser, or game manager.
    Just wondered what St.George supporters thought about life after Widdop?

  2. It’ll be better to just release Widdop and let him go a year early. Use his salary that’ll be off the books along with Kurt Manns who just left, to buy in some more talent to plug a few wholes. I’d think, I’ll be good for them to throw a good offer like 4 years 500k each to Daniel Tupou. Cause I can see the wings being a little thin on first grade talent. And also maybe getting in a back up halve/Utility like Billy Walters or Troy Dargan. And an experianced forward like Frank Winterstein for origin time. Should start shopping Tim Lafai and his big contract to free up more room if needed to to create more room for the young players like Perirrea, Sailor and Masters.

    1. Dufty
    2. DANIEL TUPOU
    3. Aiken
    4. Lomax
    5. Pereira/Lafai
    6. Norman
    7. Hunt
    8. Graham
    9. McInnes
    10. Vaughan
    11. Frizzel
    12. Sims
    13. De Belin

    14. Feild
    15. Sims
    16. Lawrie
    17. WINTERSTEIN

    Maranta Pearson Sailor Masters
    WALTERS Robson
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    • Tupou is wanted at the Roosters and won’t be departing the Chooks any time soon, He is signed on pretty good cash until 2021. He is the Roosters number one winger.

      Saints should chase Bird who can play centre, 5/8 and just maybe lock forward.💪🐔👍🐓🐓

  3. Why would Saints bother with Bird, he is a local junior who left in 2015 to play for Cronulla. Bird is too full of himself. What the Dragons need is a new coach, someone capable of guiding them to a top four finish without fading out during the season.

    • True, why they let Nene McDonald go is baffling. Not as if he was homesick after 3 and 1/2 years playing as a 17yr old at the Sydney Roosters in 2012-2015 and another two year stint in Sydney with Saints 2017-18. Really came of age this year and was playing top footy at seasons end.

      Keep away from our Tupou💪🐔👍

      • When you say ‘ Our Tupou ‘, you have to be saying it tongue in cheek , dont you?
        You are talking about the same player who’s junior club is Guildford Owls. Played SG Ball , under twenties for Parramatta right?
        I guess he’s another player that you’d say the Roosters mentored & made into a good player? Not just another player that the Roosters bought, who was already a good player.

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