After Michael McIlorum’s move away from Wigan following a decade long stay with the club, Warriors legend and executive director Kris Radlinski has revealed that Canberra Raiders wouldn’t offer the Irish international hooker enough money.
Initially linked with the Super League star in the initial aftermath of their own first choice hooker Josh Hodgson, NRL’s Raiders were hopeful of signing the Leeds born number 9 on a short term basis simply as something of a stopgap to cover for Hodgson. However, despite being in deep negotiations for weeks with McIlorum and Wigan, Radlinski outlined that the money on offer from Canberra wasn’t sufficient to entice the Leeds born hooker to Australia. Speaking of the failure of negotiations, Radlinski said “from their point of view they were willing to give him a chance to establish himself and then try and get another NRL club for 2019.”
The stalemate that arose opened the door for Super League’s Catalans Dragons to swoop for McIlorum and, following their offer of a two year deal, he put pen to paper on a move to France. Also, in stark contrast to the role he would have fulfilled with Canberra, McIlorum is likely to be a key player for the Dragons as they aim to reach the Super 8s in 2018 under the stewardship – for the first full season – of Steve McNamara.