The 2018 Golden Boot winner Tommy Makinson still has his sights set on one day making the trip over to Australia to play in the NRL, and it could be sooner rather than later according to reports.
Makinson is currently under contract with St Helen’s until the end of the 2020 season, and although recent reports suggested Makinson could have already agreed to a deal in 2021 with an NRL club, he states that wasn’t the case.
“It sparked a few rumours,” Makinson said.
“I’ve always said it’s a bit of a dream to play over there one day.
“But I’m still under contract with Saints for two more years and I don’t think they’ll let me go, which is fair enough.”
But it is understood that some NRL Clubs are willing to pay the transfer fee that St Helens may request for the 27-year old. It is believed that South Sydney Rabbitohs will be a leading contender for his services, due to the connection with Wayne Bennett, as the current England coach.
The Newcastle Knights, Canberra Raiders, Wests Tigers and the Parramatta Eels are believed to be among the clubs circling for the England Internationals signature.
Makinson’s 2018 form was scintillating especially on the international stage, which was enough to see him win the Golden Boot.
Despite copping a little bit of a rubbing for the award from Australians, Makinson is pleased with the title, after working hard to improve his game last year.
“I got a bit of stick in Oz over it,” Makinson said.
“People dubbed it as being one of the best players ever but I know I’m not in that category.
“It’s a new award for international player of the year which I’ll take with open arms because I worked a helluva lot last year on my game.
“I was able to hold my own with some of the best players in the game.”
The 27-year-old is hoping to cement his spot in the England side this year, and is hellbent on growing into a better player.
“Ryan Hall is still there and there’s so many good outside backs nowadays,” Makinson added.
“It’s always going to be hard.
“But I think I’m a good player and I want to prove to everyone how good I am.
“Just having a couple of good years is not acceptable, I want to carry on pushing to become a great player, which I know I can be.
“It was a memorable year in 2018 and a special few months for me but there’s a few things to improve on, especially with not winning much at Saints.
“That’s the main aim for me this year, to kick on and help this club win things.”
The speculation around Makinson and his future in Super League will continue to grow as interest in Australia continue to mount.