Rugby League clubs are hoping to lure England international George Ford away from rugby union and into the Super League, according to The Rugby Paper.
When asked about the subject in 2018, the Leicester fly-half said: “I’d always love to. I’ve always missed the game and I love watching it still.
“I’d love to have a crack at rugby league. My involvements would be a lot more and that’s all you want. You want ball in your hand so I’d love to give it a go.
George Ford has opened the door to a move to rugby league. Super League clubs, maybe even a few NRL ones, should start forming an orderly queue. https://t.co/cLAAbnZzxu— Gary Carter (@GaryCarter_1979) May 24, 2018
“I’d like to have a crack in the halves one day I’m not saying I’d be any good but I’d enjoy it
Leeds Rhinos, St Helens, Wigan Warriors, Huddersfield, Catalan Dragons and Toronto have all got deep pockets.
But this move for Ford, who is out of contract in 2020, is increasingly unlikely though as cash-rich Premiership clubs look to secure their stars following the investment from CVC.
Meanwhile, Bristol Bears are reportedly also in the mix and made an enquiry to the number 10 about his availability.
Bears boss Pat Lam has put a top-class fly-half at the top of his shopping list for the 2020-21 season and has been quick to sound out Ford.
However, The Rugby Paper also reported that the 26-year-old’s representatives have opened talks with the Tigers about a new deal and that talks are moving in the right direction.