After England hooker Josh Hodgson’s ACL injury which has ruled him out for nine months, his club side Canberra Raiders are now short of a dynamic number 9 to star for them in 2018.
This has led to their reported interest in signing Wigan’s Michael McIlorum, the Ireland hooker who featured heavily for the Wolfhounds in their short RLWC campaign. After a poor year last year by their standards, the Warriors are deep in preparation for the upcoming season and ‘Micky Mac’ will undoubtedly be a key part of those plans.
However, Shaun Wane and his team are aware of McIlorum’s desire to test himself in the NRL and, at the age of 29, he is running out of options. With the Raiders also likely to lose Papua New Guinean hooker Kurt Baptiste this off season, McIlorum is fast becoming a big target for the team who finished a lowly tenth in 2017 and, following an injury hit campaign for the former England schemer, he may well fancy a new start as he enters the latter years of his career in the most competitive rugby league competition in the world – but will he make the move?