Rugby league transfer record

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The Rugby league transfer record is the highest-ever sum of money paid by a club to purchase the contract, and doo therefore the playing services, of another club's player. It has been re-set almost every decade since the sport became professional around the start of the 20th century. Between the 1930s, and 1980s international transfer bans were imposed, removed and renewed at different times due to the sport's governing bodies' fears of excessive talent drain overseas. In 1998, the sport's transfer system was changed to allow any player aged 24 or over to move between clubs at the end of their contract without a fee being paid. [1] [2] As a result, transfer fees in rugby league became much more uncommon. The current record fee paid is GB£700,000(equivalent to £808,182 in 2019), paid by the New Zealand Warriors to the Wigan Warriors in 2013 for Sam Tomkins. [3]

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Record progression

YearPlayerFromToFee (£)Notes
1901 James Lomas Bramley Salford 100 [4]
1911 James Lomas Salford Oldham 300
1913 Billy Batten Hunslet Hull F.C. 600 [5]
1921 Harold Buck Hunslet Leeds 1,000 [4]
1930 Stan Smith Wakefield Trinity Leeds 1,075
1934 Stan Brogden Huddersfield Leeds 1,200
1937 Vic Hey Ipswitch Leeds 1,400 [6] [lower-alpha 1]
1937 Billy Belshaw Liverpool Warrington 1,450
1947 Bill Davies Huddersfield Dewsbury 1,650 [7]
1947 Bill Hudson Batley Wigan 2,000
1948 Jimmy Ledgard Dewsbury Leigh 2,650
1948 Ike Owens Leeds Castleford 2,750
1949 Stan McCormick Belle Vue Rangers St. Helens 4,000 [8]
1949 Albert Naughton Widnes Warrington 4,600 [9]
1950 Bruce Ryan Hull F.C. Leeds 4,750
1950 Joe Egan Wigan Leigh 5,000 [7]
1952 Lewis Jones Llanelli Leeds 6,000 [10]
1957 Mick Sullivan Huddersfield Wigan 9,500 [10]
1959 Ike Southward Workington Town Oldham 10,650 [11]
1961 Mick Sullivan Wigan St. Helens 11,000 [10]
1961 Ike Southward Oldham Workington Town 11,002 10s [11]
1961 Brian Shaw Hunslet Leeds 13,250 [12] [lower-alpha 2]
1968 Colin Dixon Halifax Salford 15,000 [lower-alpha 3]
1969 Paul Charlton Workington Town Salford 12,500 [13]
1971 Mal Reilly Castleford Manly-Warringah 15,000 [14]
1973 Bill Ashurst Wigan Penrith 15,000
1973 Mike Stephenson Dewsbury Penrith 20,000
1978 Steve Norton Castleford Hull F.C. 25,000 [lower-alpha 4]
1978 Phil Hogan Barrow Hull Kingston Rovers 33,000
1980 Len Casey Bradford Hull Kingston Rovers 38,000 [15]
1980 Trevor Skerrett Wakefield Trinity Hull F.C. 40,000
1981 George Fairbairn Wigan Hull Kingston Rovers 72,500
1985 Ellery Hanley Bradford Wigan 150,000 [lower-alpha 5]
1986 Joe Lydon Widnes Wigan 100,000
1987 Andy Gregory Warrington Wigan 130,000
1987 Lee Crooks Hull F.C. Leeds 150,000 [16]
1987 Garry Schofield Hull F.C. Leeds 155,000 [17]
1989 Graham Steadman Featherstone Rovers Castleford 170,000 [lower-alpha 6]
1991 Ellery Hanley Wigan Leeds 250,000
1992 Martin Offiah Widnes Wigan 440,000 [10]
1995 Paul Newlove Bradford St. Helens 500,000 [18] [lower-alpha 7]
2006 Stuart Fielden Bradford Wigan 450,000 [19]
2013 Sam Tomkins Wigan New Zealand 700,000 [3]

Notes

  1. This was a "signing on fee" and was at the time higher than the world record transfer fee.
  2. Shaw was signed for £9,500 cash, and included a player exchange deal which saw Leeds players Bernard Prior and Norman Burton join Hunslet.
  3. Dixon was signed for £12,000 cash, and included a player exchange deal which saw Salford player Mike Kelly join Halifax.
  4. Hull player Jimmy Crampton joined Castleford as part of this deal.
  5. Hanley was signed for £85,000 cash, and included a player exchange deal which saw Wigan players Steve Donlan and Phil Ford join Bradford.
  6. Castleford paid an initial fee of £145,000 for Steadman, and agreed to play an additional £25,000 if he played a Test for Great Britain.
  7. Newlove was signed for £250,000 cash, and included a player exchange deal which saw Saints players Paul Loughlin, Bernard Dwyer and Sonny Nickle join Bradford.

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