The Tigers are at risk of losing star forward Luciano Leilua due to his failure to meet his upgrade and contract extension requests.
Meanwhile, the Roosters have poached Premier Paul Momirovski’s winning center from the Panthers as he returns for his second stint with the club.
Read on for all the latest transfer whispers from the NRL.
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TIGERS AT RISK OF LOSS OF EXERCISE AS EXTENSION TALKS BLOCK
The Wests Tigers are at risk of losing star forward Luciano Leilua in the open market after delayed negotiations over an upgrade and contract extension.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Leilua could choose to enter the open market on November 1 if its contractual requirements are not met.
The 25-year-old is under contract until the end of 2022 on a contract worth $ 450,000 per season, but is looking to secure a contract upgrade to $ 700,000 for next year.
If he gets the upgrade, Leilua will then negotiate a contract extension to stay at the club for another four years until 2026.
Leilua is coming off his best season in freshman and was one of the Tigers’ best players in 2021, with his stocks at an all time high.
Leilua’s contract talks have dragged on since August due to delays over speculation over manager Michael Maguire’s future, the departure of former football manager Adam Hartigan, the club’s internal review and Tim’s appointment. Sheens.
Leilua is fidgeting without a deal for an extension on the table with the deadline in just over a week.
PREMIERSHIP STAR POACH PANTHERS COOSTERS
The Roosters have trapped Panthers winning center Paul Momirovski.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Roosters beat Penrith and approaches of the Warriors, Sharks and Sea Eagles to secure Momirovski a three-year contract worth around $ 300,000 per season.
Momirovski still had a year to complete his deal with the Panthers, but his management requested permission to negotiate with rival clubs.
The Panthers have agreed to release Momirovski if he can find a long-term deal at another club.
Momirovski couldn’t turn down the opportunity to return to the club where he made his debut under Trent Robinson in 2018.
The 25-year-old has scored 20 tries in 38 games for the Roosters, Tigers, Storm and Panthers since his debut in 2018.
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STORM WARD OF DOLPHINS TO LOCK STAR HOOKER
The Melbourne Storm have ensured that star hooker Harry Grant will be out of reach for the Dolphins for 2023.
Brent Read reported on Triple M that the Storm exercised a mutual option between the club and the player over Grant’s contract for the 2023 season.
“You can put a line through Harry Grant for the Dolphins,” Read said of Triple M.
“Harry had a mutual option in his contract meaning he could have accepted it or the club could accept him for the 2023 season.
“It’s not due for months, but Melbourne informed Harry’s camp that they would take that option.
“What that means is Grant will be a Storm player in 2023, so you can put a line through Harry being the first signing for the Dolphins. It will not happen.
“The Storm also took Brandon Smith out of his contract in 2022. They have at least now guaranteed their sticking point is covered with Harry Grant.
“If Brandon Smith decides to go on the open market next year, he’ll be inundated with deals, but the Storm now has Harry Grant out there anyway.
“This is great news for the Dolphins because he was a priority for them.”
The 23-year-old has scored eight tries in 31 NRL games for the Storm and Tigers since his debut in 2018 and he has played two Origins for the Maroons.
PLAYER EXCHANGE COULD SAVE THE HODGSON TIGERS MOVE
Josh Hodgson’s move to the Tigers has come into question after Tom Starling was charged by police for the second time in two years.
However, Brent Read reported on Triple M, the Hodgson deal is too late and clubs can discuss a swap deal as an alternative.
“Starling faces charges that cast a shadow over him, especially if the NRL decides to sanction him and he could miss the start of next season,” Read said of Triple M.
“It might have ramifications for Josh Hodgson, but I don’t think it will.
“I just think this deal has gone too far for them to retract it now.
“The Raiders gave Josh Hodgson real hope that he could go to the Tigers and get an extra year and extend his career.
“He’s such an influential guy in the Raiders that if he’s not happy it just won’t work.
“Even though the Starling issue has occurred and it may impact him, my hunch is that it won’t because I just think it went too far.”
The problem for the Raiders is that they have little hooker depth, but Read thinks a player swap between Hodgson and Jacob Liddle could be a solution.
“This is the problem because Sivila Havili has now moved to the Rabbitohs, so they don’t have depth there,” Read said.
“I imagine they should go to the market to sign an experienced prostitute.
“They’ll save around $ 500,000 on Hodgson, which gives them money to go out and maybe sign a backup hooker for $ 100,000 and that still gives them a lot of money to spend.”
“Maybe they look at a guy like Jacob Liddle if Hodgson goes to the Tigers. Maybe they brought him into the Raiders system for a few years, then Liddle will go back to the Tigers when Hodgson retires.
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HOOKER’S KIDNEY TO CONTINUE AT EELS
Gold Coast veteran Mitch Rein is set to play second fiddle to Eels hooker Reed Mahoney in 2022.
Rein was released by the Titans at the end of the season and was on the lookout to extend his career by 208 games in the NRL.
The 31-year-old is expected to join his fourth club in the NRL next month, with the Daily Telegraph reporting the deal is in place for 2022.
Rein made his debut for the Dragons in 2011 and played 132 games for the Red V before stints at Penrith and the Gold Coast.
Rein’s arrival at Parramatta comes after the departure of Freddy Lussick, who has joined Super League powerhouse St Helens.
RAIDERS SIGN AXED BULLDOG ON REDUCED PRICE AGREEMENT
The Raiders are expected to sign former Bulldogs second rower Adam Elliott in the next 48 to 72 hours.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Elliott has balked at joining the struggling Wests Tigers with the Raiders ready to get his signature on a cut-price deal.
The 26-year-old has been linked with the Tigers since being sacked by the Bulldogs following his toilet-date scandal on the Gold Coast.
The Tigers still have $ 1 million in their salary cap to spend for 2022 and Elliott was firmly in their sights to bolster their bottom stocks.
The Raiders struggled to afford Elliott, but the Canberra Times reports he will fill one of their two remaining spots.
“We are just exploring the opportunities there,” said CEO Don Furner.
“We would like to meet him first, we should do all of that first, but there is some interest there, yes.”
David Riccio of the Daily Telegraph told SEN Radio that a cancellation deal for Elliott could be settled in the coming days.
“I think it will happen and end in the next 48-72 hours,” said Riccio.
“I think Adam has certainly indicated, there is a realization with Adam that he knows this is his last chance.
“You only have a number of chances in the game, I understand, those weren’t the crimes of the century when he was at the Bulldogs.”
“But, the Bulldogs were on a different path in terms of creating a new culture for this club, I was okay with him severing ties and he and the club were coming to a mutual termination.
“Some players just don’t work at particular clubs and others do.
“All indications are that the Raiders are ready to get Adam back cheaply.”