Super League clubs put on notice as new rule opens door for 12 major transfers.

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Super League clubs put on notice as new rule opens door for 12 major transfers.

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Proposals to change Super League's quota rulings could have significant implications for a number of clubs.

Bevan French, Rhyse Martin and Luke Yates could all benefit from the new quota rulings that have been proposed.
Bevan French, Rhyse Martin and Luke Yates could all benefit from the new quota rulings that have been proposed.

Super League are looking at making a significant change to their quota rulings heading into next season, one that could have major implications moving forward. Rugby League Live revealed last month that discussions had taken place that would make current restrictions more flexible, potentially allowing more overseas players to play in the competition.

Specifically, the ruling that looks set to be implemented would be one that would see players who acquire British citizenship no longer count as quota players. People can apply for citizenship after being in the country for five years, and it has been suggested that any player who receives their citizenship should not count on the quota.

Super League clubs can currently have seven overseas players, but should the new ruling be approved, a number of players who currently hold quota spots across the competition could soon be considered a 'domestic' player, given they would already be eligible, or may already hold, citizenship.

Of the players currently in the competition, there are twelve players eligible to apply for citizenship, including some of the competition's big hitters. At the top of that list is Bevan French, the Wigan Warriors superstar who has just recently enjoyed his five-year anniversary as a Wigan Warriors player.

But interestingly, there are players that are currently the subject of transfer interest in the mix, which could have short-term implications for the clubs involved. One of those is Luke Yates, whose move to Warrington Wolves next year has already been announced. But if the ruling is approved, and Yates lands citizenship, he would not take up one of their seven spots, giving them more flexibility on the overseas market.

Another is Rhyse Martin, the Leeds Rhinos back-rower currently attracting interest from both Leigh Leopards and Warrington. Should the Papua New Guinea international become a player who no longer takes up a quota spot, that would make him an even greater asset for the club he ultimately decides to join.


Full list of Super League quota players eligible for citizenship application:

Jacob Miller (Castleford Tigers), Tui Lolohea, Luke Yates, Sebastine Ikahihifo (all Huddersfield Giants), Carlos Tuimavave (Hull FC), Matt Parcell, Kelepi Tanginoa (both Hull KR), Rhyse Martin (Leeds Rhinos), Dean Parata (London Broncos), Konrad Hurrell (St Helens), Bevan French, Willie Isa (both Wigan Warriors)

https://www.leeds-live.co.uk/sport/rugb ... s-29466734
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