Huddersfield and England forward Brett Ferres has revealed he came close to joining an NRL side and even flew his family out to get a feel for what living in Australia would be like.
Ferres is likely to feature for England this weekend in the first Test against New Zealand at Hull, but he spoke before this weekend about how he had some options to join up with an Australian team, but eventually decided his future remained at Huddersfield.
“There were a few sniffs. There was a couple of options there,” Ferres told NRL.com.
“It was very flattering and obviously it’s something I really, really thought about.
“I really enjoyed my time over there. The lifestyle was part of it but also the rugby league was great as well.
“The family came and checked everything out. They came over for nearly four weeks. I brought my mum over and my wife and two kids. It was a big move at the time. They wanted to come out and experience it and see what it was all about.
“I looked at that avenue and decided not to go down there and I re-signed at Huddersfield. My future lies here.”