‘I don’t think it’s realistic’: Souths CEO cool on Izzy, Quade, SBW talk

South Sydney CEO Blake Solly has dismissed speculation NRL clubs will attempt to sign overseas-based sidelined stars on short-term deals, saying it is "not grounded in reality".

With the UK Super League suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus, Toronto's Sonny Bill Williams, Catalans' Israel Folau, Wigan's Jackson Hastings and Warrington's Blake Austin were reportedly in NRL clubs' sights ahead of the Australian competition's proposed May 28 resumption.

Former Wallaby Quade Cooper this week declared his desire for a short-term stint in the NRL.Credit:AAP

"On top of the squads of 30, each player has between three and six development players you'd call into the squad, so given the contract regulations and the financial implications of bringing in a guest like that, it would seem like it's a nice news story but not grounded in reality."

Another proposed target, ex-NSW star James Maloney, has already ruled out the prospect of organising a short-term NRL deal, saying it sounded like a headache he could do without.

Catalans playmaker Maloney is in lockdown in France with his family as he sweats on a Super League return date.

"I think it's probably more headaches logistically than what it's sort of worth and I just don't think it's possible," he told 2GB radio this week.


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