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Carter set to jump ship and join NRL Club

Tom Carter looks set to leave the Waratahs

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Article Published: Sunday 1 July 2012|

Waratahs centre Tom Carter could find that he is lining up against Sonny Bill Williams again next season although it probably won't be in Super Rugby and will be in NRL instead.

The Sonny Bill Williams camp is keeping quiet over where Sonny Bill Williams will play next year but the strongest rumour is that he will move to the NRL but will also play in Japan for a stint before returning to the Chiefs in time for the 2015 World Cup. 

Carter has emerged as an almost certainty to leave the Waratahs as he has been in talks with several rugby league clubs in Sydney about a possible code switch

There has also been interest from the Western Force in Perth as well as interest from Japan.

"We have had preliminary discussions with a couple of rugby league clubs, and at this stage he has interest from another province," Ed Carter, brother and manager of Tom told The Sunday Telegraph.

"At this stage, it looks like he is more than likely not going to be at NSW."

Centre Carter weighs in at 100kg and 1.89m and played rugby league as a junior in Young before he moved to Sydney to play for a rugby-playing school.

Carter has been associated with the Waratahs for eight years but is now looking at moving to NRL as it will keep him close to family.

"The decision for him is based around the fact he is pretty keen to stay here, as opposed to going overseas, because with the right opportunity he still thinks he can play some decent football," Ed Carter said.

"He has really enjoyed his time and he'd hoped to continue to play there (with the Waratahs). He has a lot of respect for the people there," Ed Carter said.

The last player to make a switch from rugby to league was Sam Harris, who played centre for the Waratahs and Harris thinks Carter would be good league player.

"Me and Tommy used to talk about that all the time in my last years with NSW, he was always looking over the fence and wondering about league," Harris said.

"He'd be a really good league player, to be honest. He's big and strong, he's fast and he's very fit, probably at the high standard league players require.

"He's got the right sort of shape, not too tall, a bit compact like the leaguies."

"And he's done really well to hold down a spot with the Waratahs for five years."

"Stuff he gets criticised for in rugby wouldn't be involved in league. He'd be good to put on a right edge, he runs good lines and would look after your halfback in defence."

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