Six off-contract Championship players set to be chased by Super League clubs

Chester Butler (Halifax)


Deceptively strong and good with the ball, Butler already has at least three Super League clubs circling him.

A troublesome quad injury had prevented him from playing for Fax before their most recent game against Sheffield. On his return, he scored twice and set another up.

Capable of playing centre or back-row, Butler is still only 23-years-old.

It’s almost certain that he’ll be a Super League player next season.

Tyla Hepi (Toulouse Olympique)

A Kiwi forward playing in France, Hepi has made a big impression during his time at Toulouse.

Very aggressive, Hepi compliments that with beautiful handling that makes him an all-round modern day forward.

An interesting fact, he’s the son of former Hull, Castleford and Salford player, Brad Hepi.

Jordan Johnstone (Widnes Vikings)

The Cumbrian has quickly emerged as one of the best players outside of Super League, although that doesn’t come as a surprise given he did well during his time in the top flight.

Widnes hooker Johnstone is as tough as nails in defence but strong and quick with his distribution out of the ruck.

He’s still only 21, too.

Cameron King (Featherstone Rovers)

It came as a shock to many that Fev could recruit a player of King’s calibre.

Keeping him will be equally difficult.

The Australian has been superb for the Rovers and will no doubt have caught the eye of clubs higher up the league structure.

Connor Robinson (York City Knights)

The former Hull KR youngster dropped down the league structure during the early knockings of his career, first going to Halifax and then York.

But at the Knights he was given the opportunity to thrive at halfback, and he has been a massive success. He was an instrumental figure in their League 1 title-winning campaign, being named the competition’s player of the season, and has been pivotal in their success this year.

Still only 24.

Ethan Ryan (Bradford Bulls)

A try-scoring machine who has evolved his game recently by playing at fullback, Ryan will be swamped with Super League interest.

Ryan is regarded as one of the best finishers in the game at any level by those who watch him closely.

Another product of Bradford’s excellent youth system, the Bulls face a fight to ensure they don’t lose another rising talent.