REPORTS of a return to the NRL for Warrington Wolves half-back Gareth Widdop are refusing to go away.

The Australian media are reporting The Wire as having reached out to a number of clubs Down Under and that the England international wants to return to Australia, with the Daily Telegraph reporting North Queensland Cowboys as the latest club to have expressed an interest.

The first year of Widdop's marquee three-year deal with Warrington has been plagued with constant rumours of an NRL return and the club's stance has been unmoved throughout 2020 – that reports the 31-year-old wants away are news to them.

After joining from St George Illawarra Dragons, Widdop made 14 appearances for The Wire this year, scoring five tries and kicking 10 goals.