Another day another lost NRL player to Superleague. Or at least it seems that way recently with Berrigan gone, Dykes gone, Head loaned and King and Civoniceva considering.
Part of the downside of Rugby League being a much more dynamic code than AFL or American Football is that there is the inevitable movement of players between competitions. Big name, and importantly, experienced NRL stars are seen as a valuable commodities in England and France and, thanks to a gaggle of millionaire locals, plenty of money is being thrown around.
Shaun Berrigan, current State of Origin star is reportedly being paid over $500,000 next year at Hull FC. This kind of money would allow any NRL club to sign anyone they want. You want Sonny Bill or Lockyer or Buderus, with that kind of money they