It looks increasingly likely that, despite being a Challenge Cup winner with Hull FC, Steve Michaels will leave the KCOM Stadium at the end of this season. However, where next for the 29-year-old? Here’s four possible destinations..
Salford Red Devils
The Red Devils face an uncertain few weeks when it comes to their Super League future: but if they can get the job down and stave off the threat of relegation, Michaels would certainly be an attractive proposition. We revealed in League Express two weeks ago that Mason Caton-Brown is leaving to join Wakefield, and with Michaels likely able to slot into the centres too, he would be a shrewd acquisition for Ian Watson’s side.
It remains to be seen whether Andrew Henderson’s side will gain promotion to Super League this season – but if they do, Michaels could be a fantastic signing. Even if life in the Championship is London’s destiny in 2017, the chance to lure Michaels down to the capital could be too good to ignore. In a youthful Broncos side, his experience would be vital in mounting another promotion challenge next season.
Promotion from League 1 looks all-but certain for Toulouse this season, and as they build a squad capable of competing in the Championship, someone with Michaels’ experience would be a phenomenal and seriously eye-catching signing. The winger will be a huge asset for a side looking to make an immediate impact in the Championship – and if he’s not adverse to stepping down a division, it could be a great move for him.
This may be the biggest long shot of the four, but if it’s a real challenge Michaels fancies, joining the revolution in Toronto could be an option. Whether the Wolfpack are in the market remains to be seen, but they’re certainly making some big statements with their signings for their inaugural campaign so far. Landing Michaels would undoubtedly be the biggest of the lot.