Rugby League Rising Stars to Watch Out for in Super League

York’s AJ Towse Attracting Super League Interest, Potential Top-Flight Star by 2025

Young talent is thriving in the Championship, with several players poised to make the leap to Super League in the coming years. One such prospect is York’s AJ Towse, who is drawing attention from top-flight clubs and could well become a household name by 2025.

This got the team at Love Rugby League thinking about other exceptional Championship talents who are yet to feature in Super League. We’ve compiled a list of six standout players to keep an eye on, examined alphabetically by surname.

Aidan McGowan (Bradford Bulls)

The 22-year-old full-back is currently shining on a season-long loan at Bradford Bulls, having progressed through the Huddersfield Giants’ academy. Though yet to make a senior appearance for the Giants, McGowan has impressed with his performances in the Championship over the past four years, also featuring for York, Dewsbury Rams, and Batley Bulldogs. The Ireland youth international is tipped for a Super League breakthrough in the near future.

James Roumanos (Toulouse Olympique)

New South Wales native Roumanos made the move to Toulouse Olympique this year, having previously featured in the NRL for Manly Sea Eagles and Canterbury Bulldogs. The 24-year-old forward, who primarily plays at loose forward, has caught the eye with his displays for the Lebanon national team and in the early stages of the 2024 Championship campaign.

Mitch Souter (Bradford Bulls)

Another Australian joining the British game, hooker Souter has wasted little time making an impact at Bradford Bulls. The 22-year-old, who came through the Canberra Raiders’ youth system, is already on the radar of Super League clubs thanks to his dynamic displays out of dummy half.

AJ Towse (York)

As reported earlier this week, York’s homegrown speedster Towse is attracting significant interest from the top flight. The 21-year-old winger has enjoyed a rapid rise at the LNER Community Stadium, earning a nomination for the 2023 Championship Young Player of the Year award.

Paul Turner (Featherstone Rovers)

Despite his New Zealand origins, many feel that if half-back Turner was English, he’d already be a Super League player. The 23-year-old has previous NRL experience with the Warriors, Titans, and Dragons, and has quickly settled into life with Featherstone Rovers.

Lachlan Walmsley (Wakefield Trinity)

Wakefield’s prolific winger Walmsley has been one of the standout players in the Championship over the past few seasons. The ‘Flying Scotsman’ has scored an impressive 101 tries in just 90 competitive appearances for Whitehaven, Halifax, and Wakefield since 2021, and looks primed for a well-deserved Super League opportunity.

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