GOSSIP: New Zealand international linked with Super League switch

Could Tuimoala Lolohea be a Super League player next season?

That’s the word Down Under at the minute, with  journalists reporting that the New Zealand Warriors halfback could leave the NRL at the end of the season.

The 21-year-old, who made his debut at the Warriors in 2014, could be forced out of his boyhood club, with fellow Kiwi international Keiran Foran expected to arrive at the Mount Smart Stadium for the 2017 season.

Foran left Parramatta midway through the year due to a number of personal issues, walking away from a contract worth $5 million. However, it is understood that 26-year-old will join the Warriors as Stephen Kearney’s first major signing since re-joining the club.

His arrival, however, has put Lolohea’s future in question, with salary cap restrictions meaning he may be forced out of the club.

Lolohea has previously said that he wants to stay at the Warriors forever and that he can’t see his future at any other club in the NRL. Apparently, Lolohea cannot see himself playing against the Warriors, which has prompted rumours that he may make the move to Super League if he leaves the club.

Naturally, a number of clubs would be interested in signing Lolohea, who made his debut for New Zealand in their defeat to England at the KCOM Stadium last season.

Wakefield and St Helens are both looking to recruit a playmaker for next season, and Lolohea certainly fits the bill.