Rugby League Off-Contract Players Update: Future Prospects and Club Movements

RFL Releases Details of Off-Contract Players for 2025 Season

Last week, the RFL officially released details of all off-contract players to clubs, providing insight into the futures of over 150 players. The absence of some names from the exclusive list revealed by Love Rugby League suggests they’ve already secured terms elsewhere, while others are still awaiting decisions from their current employers for the 2025 season.

Hull KR Seek Hooker Reinforcement

Hull KR are in the market for a new hooker after the departures of Matt Parcell and Reiss Butterworth. With Jez Litten as their undisputed first-choice, the Robins will need to bring in reinforcements at that position before the end of the current campaign.

Mike Cooper’s Wigan Warriors Exit

Another notable name on the off-contract list is Mike Cooper of Wigan Warriors. The 35-year-old forward has been a key part of the club’s recent success, winning both the Super League title and World Club Challenge. However, it seems he’ll be moving on in 2025, and is sure to command significant interest from rival clubs.

“Mike Cooper has been a crucial part of Wigan’s recent success, and his departure is sure to leave a big hole in their squad.” – Love Rugby League

Leigh Leopards’ Major Squad Overhaul

Reflecting a more ruthless approach, Leigh Leopards have informed five players, including Ricky Leutele, that they won’t be offered new deals. With the departures of Oliver Holmes and Zak Hardaker already confirmed, the Leigh Sports Village is set for a major squad overhaul, as the Leopards aim to rejuvenate their roster for next season.

Senior Twins’ Futures

The future of the Senior twins, Innes and Louis, appears to be at Castleford Tigers, with confirmation that Hull KR won’t be retaining Louis, and Innes off-contract at Huddersfield.

Wakefield Trinity’s Squad Decisions

Meanwhile, Wakefield Trinity, as a full-time Championship outfit, also declared their off-contract players. With only two names absent from the list, it suggests Daryl Powell and his team have important decisions to make regarding their squad for the 2025 campaign. If Wakefield secure Super League status, they could have significant salary cap space to work with, potentially making them active in the player market.

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