Watkins Unsure If He Can Listen to Australian Offers

Leeds - Kallum WatkinsBy STEVE MASCORD

HE’s rated the hottest property in England after Sam Tomkins– but Leeds centre Kallum Watkins says he doesn’t know what would happen if he received an offer from an NRL club.

Despite being under contract until 2017, the 21-year-old is on the radar of Australian talent scouts and will get more exposure when he lines up for the Rhinos against Melbourne in the World Club Challenge next week.

Asked if he was in a position to listen to NRL offers, Watkins told The Herald: “It’s hard to say because rugby league is massive down there and it’s a big challenge for most people to play in that competition.

“You never know. It could be a great opportunity but I guess it depends on how I go in terms of playing here.

“But Leeds is a great club and they look after you so why would you want to move? Anyway, I’ve heard nothing yet.”

Tomkins’ contract with Wigan allows him to “talk” to NRL and rugby union clubs at the end of 2014 – but that hasn’t stopped reports that he is already being offered to Australasian sides for the start of next year.

Watkins, who scored four tries in his first three appearances for England, said he was unsure how Leeds would react if he was approached.

He added that Australian criticism of Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield winning the Golden Boot as the world’s best player would motivate the Rhinos at Headingley next Friday.

“It’s a big game and you grab any piece of motivation you can,” he said.

“He’s a great leader, a great player, had a great season and thoroughly deserved the award. He hasn’t got the recognition he deserves over the years with individual awards so it’s about time.

“All credit to him”

The Rhinos opponents, meanwhile, have broken down on of the last bastions of the rugby union establishment by training at the ultra-exclusive Eton College.

Storm players were given a tour of the alma mater of prime ministers and princes after their session there on Wednesday, before visiting Windsor Castle.

“It was unbelievable to be afforded the opportunity to train and see one of the world’s most prestigious schools,” said football manager Frank Ponissi.
“We feel very privileged and extremely grateful not only to train at Eton, but also a private tour of the inner sanctum, where 19 Prime Ministers and two princes were educated.
“To top off this amazing experience, after we had lunch in their private dining room, we walked through the village to Windsor Castle.

“The boys loved it, they were taking photos, taste-testing fudge and marvelling at the amazing heritage of this historic part of the world.”

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