Gidley predicts NRL exodus

Ex-Saint Matt Gidley reckons there are plenty of Super League stars who will be tempted to join Australia's NRL
Ex-Saint Matt Gidley reckons there are plenty of Super League stars who will be tempted to join Australia's NRL
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MATT Gidley has predicted a host of Super League players will join the exodus to NRL rugby league.

The popular ex-Saint, who retired at the end of last season, believes a number of his former team-mates are good enough to make the grade Down Under.

A number of NRL clubs are pursuing James Graham, with the England prop forward expected to decide soon where his future lies.

But Gidley, who spent four seasons at St Helens, has highlighted a number of youngsters he believes are ready to make the step up.

“Because of the exchange rate now there is not the lure for our players to go over there (to Super League) unless they have to,” said Gidley, who rates Kyle Eastmond as one of the players who has impressed him most. “We are more likely to see their best players come out here. If I was coaching in Australia, I’d be looking pretty seriously at their competition.”

Gidley, who is now working in his old club Newcastle Knights’ marketing department, added: “There might not be a wealth of top class players but there is still some good young talent.

“The fact that Sam Burgess and Gareth Ellis have done so well - and Adrian Morley before them - it’s opened the door for the other as well.”