Nick Cotric close to Super League move after Canberra Raiders contract breakdown

Nick Cotric could be the next big name NRL player to join the Super League, with a move to Catalans Dragons in the works. Rugby League Live can reveal that the 25-year-old has held talks with the Perpignan club and is thought to be close to signing a three-year offer tabled by the club.

Cotric is off-contract at the end of the year and talks recently stalled with the Raiders regarding a new deal at the club. That has seen the Dragons make their move and they are believed to be growing increasingly confident that he will sign a deal with the club to join their increasingly impressive recruitment drive ahead of the 2025 season. Canberra had offered Cotric a reduced deal, with his existing contract currently worth $600,000 (£316,000) per year.

After failing to agree terms, Cotric's management have pursued other offers and Catalans have made their move, tabling a sizable offer. It's been no secret that the Dragons have been keen to spend money on a big-name outside back heading into 2025, with the likes of Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Daniel Tupou both previously identified as targets of the club.

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But now Cotric has emerged as the player likely to fill that position, which will in turn help replace the incoming departures of first-choice wingers Tom Johnstone and Tom Davies, who are joining Wakefield Trinity and Hull KR respectively.

Cotric, whose parents are both from Serbia, burst onto the NRL scene as an 18-year-old, becoming a regular in the NRL from the beginning of the 2017 season. By the age of 20, he had already played for New South Wales and Australia. He has gone on to make 148 NRL appearances, scoring 62 tries. His eight seasons in the NRL have seen him largely play for Canberra, though he had one season with Canterbury Bulldogs in 2021.

His arrival would be a significant coup for the Dragons and add to a recruitment cycle that has already seen them acquire Tommy Makinson, Luke Keary, Elliot Whitehead and Oli Partington.