Canberra Raiders identify next batch of English Super League imports


He said Wigan forward duo Oliver Partington and Morgan Smithies plus Castleford utility Jake Trueman currently topped his shopping list.

“There are a couple of players in England that I would like to grab,” he told Total Rugby League website.

“There are some good young forwards and a young outside back that I like.

“Wigan have got four or five really good young forwards coming through.

“Oliver Partington is a good kid, Morgan Smithies is a good kid, young Trueman … and St Helens have a couple of really good forwards.”

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Mulholland said he may yet upgrade his wish list after attending May’s Magic Weekend, when an entire Super League round plays at St James’ Park.

“The Magic Weekend is fantastic because they put it all in front of you for one weekend,” he said.

“It’s a concept that we [NRL] have copied. I think they’ve done a wonderful job with it.”

Mulholland clearly has the UK recruitment Midas touch after Canberra’s English contingent helped the Raiders emerge as one of 2019’s success stories.

Bateman became a cult hero in his debut NRL season but Mulholland believed Sutton was his find of 2019 despite not featuring in the finals series.

“Ryan was fantastic. I think he was the success story of the year,” he said.

“I always expected Bateman to be good but Ryan, out of the four Englishmen, was the success story.

“He achieved more milestones than we thought he would. He was unlucky not to be in that final series … [but] he suits the NRL style.”

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