Haydn Gillett is hoping to become the next Irish international player.
The 24-year-old is on the verge of signing for Melbourne Storm with the club in the wake of their NRL premiership campaign last season, and is now targeting a deal with the Storm to play in the Australian Rugby League competition.
“I’m in the final stages of negotiating a deal to play NRL,” Haydn told TalkSport.
“The Storm have got me a contract for next year.
I want to stay at the Storm, and they have given me the chance to make my NRL debut.
I’m really excited to get that deal done.”
We’ve got the chance for a great season, we’ve got a great squad.
We’ve got good players and I’m looking forward to coming out here to play.
When I was in England I had the chance of playing in the Super Rugby tournament. “
I was in Europe and then I played for England,” he said.
“When I was in England I had the chance of playing in the Super Rugby tournament.
I played two games and then a couple of games in the World Cup.
It was a bit of a shock at first, but it was nice to play against other players.”
The Storm are currently in second spot in the NRL table with 11 points from seven matches.
Haydn is one of a number of Irish internationals vying for a spot in Melbourne.
The club are set to be a heavy favourites to secure Haydn’s signature, and it’s believed the Storm have made a verbal offer to the club.
“They’ve made a formal offer and I’ve been told it’s worth around $100,000,” Haydyn said.
“We’ll talk to them after the game.
It’s something I want.
It would be nice to be able to represent the Storm at the highest level.”
Read moreHaydn will join the Storm next season as they seek to qualify for the NRL.
He’s set to join the team in mid-May, after which the player will be offered a three-year deal with an option to extend that deal to five years.
The player also hopes to be given the chance at the next World Cup after a promising rookie season in 2016.