The Sea Eagles plan to sign superstar half-back Daly Cherry-Evans after his 36th birthday in an effort to prevent the new NRL franchise from bringing him home to Queensland.
Meanwhile, the Titans are expected to give star forward Tino Fa’asuamaleaui a monster expansion to ward off a Dolphins poaching attempt for 2023.
Read on for all the latest transfer whispers from the NRL.
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MANLY’S BOLD DCE PLAY TO BLOW DOLPHINS OUT OF THE WATER
The Sea Eagles plan to sign superstar half-back Daly Cherry-Evans after his 36th birthday to ensure he won’t be poached by the Dolphins.
The Queensland captain has played for the Redcliffe Dolphins in his juniors and talks about a homecoming are growing.
The Dolphins are building their roster and will join the NRL in 2023, which also marks the final season of the current Cherry-Evans deal.
“Daly is on contract for two more years and, at the moment, he wants to continue playing beyond that,” Manly general manager Stephen Humphreys told News Corp.
“Who knows how long he will play?” He’s so professional in the way he does everything – his preparation, his rehabilitation, the way he plays.
“He’s very tough – he’s barely missing a game – so who’s to say he couldn’t play for another two years beyond the two under contract.
“We really want Daly to be a one-club player and right now he’s playing at the highest level. He finished in the top five at the Dally M’s this year and is a fantastic leader. For now, it’s about continuing to support his playing career and making sure he does it at Manly.
“Beyond that, I know Des wants Daly to join his coaching staff. It would add tremendous value in this space, especially for the halves but also for the executive group. “
Cherry-Evans has reinvigorated the club this year after a disastrous start to the season and guided the Sea Eagles to a top-four spot.
He was nominated for Dally M half-back of the year and finished tied for fourth in Dally M medal count.
Cherry-Evans is expected to join the club’s coaching staff once he retires.
THE BIG MOVEMENT OF THE TITANS TO CLOSE THE STAR IN THE OFFER TO KEEP THE POACHERS AWAY
Gold Coast has decided to tie star forward Tino Fa’asuamaleaui to a multi-year extension to keep him out of reach of NRL rivals.
Newscorp reported that the Dolphins are keen to draw Fa’asuamaleaui north to be their brand signing for 2023, but the Titans are expected to beat them to the fist with a $ 3.3 million four-year extension.
The Queensland executor is out of contract in 2022 and free to negotiate with rivals from November 1.
New Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett, who coached Fa’asuamaleaui in Origin last year, is said to have the Titans star at the top of his contract list.
However, the Titans have no plans to let the 21-year-old go and see him as a potential future club captain.
The Titans’ overtime would see Fa’asuamaleaui stay with the Titans at least until the end of the 2026 season, when he turns 26.
The former Storm star, 21, outscored the other big Titans forward, David Fifita, in 2021 and was considered the club’s most consistent forward.
Fa’asuamaleaui has scored 11 tries in 49 games for the Storm and Titans since his 2019 debut and has played six Origins for the Maroons and one Test for Samoa.
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COWBOYS IN BOX SEAT FOR POACHING PANTHERS STAR
The Cowboys are reportedly in the dressing room to sign Panthers hero Viliame Kikau.
“Viliame Kikau is one of the guys from Nov. 1 entering the final year of his contract,” Read said on Triple M.
“Penrith tried to strike a deal before November 1, but that won’t happen.
“He will go to the market and I think the North Queensland Cowboys are the club that takes a hard look at Viliame Kikau.
“He was obviously up there at some point in his career. He knows the club and I think his partner is also from up there.
“For me, the Cowboys are in the box to land Viliame Kikau from Monday because they’re desperate for a top rear rower.
“This is a job they really miss and it will depend on the money. It will depend on how much money Viliame wants.
“I think they will go up to a certain price point and I don’t think they will go beyond that, but it will be a healthy offering. So I think they are the team to watch with Viliame Kikau.
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SHARKS VETERAN GRANTS CODES TO RUGBY UNION
Will Chambers’ career in the NRL is almost over after the 33-year-old signed a deal with US rugby team LA Giltinis.
This will be Chambers’ third cross-code switch to leave the NRL in 2010 and last year as well.
Corp News reports the former Queensland and Kangaroos star has signed a deal with LA Gilitinis, a major league rugby team, which is coached by former Wallaby Stephen Hoiles
Chambers switched to Japanese rugby last year, but the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to end sooner than expected.
He made his return to the NRL via the Sharks on a discount deal this season, joining in April and playing nine games.
NORMAN IN TALK WITH KNIGHTS LIKE PEARCE MERRY-GO-ROUND EXPANDS
Former Dragons playmaker Corey Norman is in talks with the Knights to replace Mitchell Pearce at the club, while a Cowboys star is also on the radar.
Channel 7 Michelle Bishop revealed on Radio SEN that Norman’s leadership was in talks with the Knights.
“I contacted Corey Norman’s management and they had discussions with the Newcastle Knights,” Bishop said on SEN breakfast with Vossy.
“I will say this is definitely not the Knights’ priority.
“I can also reveal that Corey Norman was bought from the Catalans Dragons before any of this happened when there were discussions about the possibility of retiring from James Maloney.
“The Dragons weren’t interested and if you add the points it’s because they were already well advanced in talking to Mitchell Pearce as a preferred option.”
Bishop revealed that Cowboys star Scott Drinkwater was also discussed as a potential Pearce replacement with no clear path to the first year at North Queensland.
“Scott Drinkwater was also mentioned but he is under contract until the end of 2023 with the Cowboys,” Bishop said.
“But when you look at his situation, you have Tom Dearden and Chad Townsend over there, so if he could get away with this he’s a local Terrigal boy just up the M1 and that would be a nice trip home. . ”
Andrew Voss thinks the Drinkwater option makes sense for the Knights given his history with Jake Clifford and the fact that the Cowboys are well stocked in the spine.
“Scott Drinkwater’s theory doesn’t bother me because Chad Townsend and Tom Dearden are signed long-term,” Voss said.
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow’s best position will be at the back. There is your # 1, # 6 and # 7. Where is Drinkwater suitable? There might be something there. ”
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BROOKS PREFERS BULLDOGS TO KNIGHTS FOR CLUB SWITCH
Tigers half-back Luke Brooks’ stated preference is to join the Bulldogs over the Knights if the Concord club decide to part ways with their longtime No.7.
Andrew Webster of the Sydney Morning Herald revealed the Radio SEN that the Knights want to lure Brooks to replace Mitchell Pearce, but the Tigers star has other ideas.
“They (Newcastle) have set their sights on Luke Brooks (as Mitchell Pearce’s replacement),” Webster said on SEN 1170 Mornings.
“The Tigers said no to Luke Brooks, and I think he’s saying publicly that he doesn’t want to go, but his management is certainly saying it differently.
“It’s spinning pretty hard, his preference would be the Bulldogs if he were to go out.”
The Tigers have denied wanting to let Brooks go with two years left on his current contract worth around $ 850,000 per season.
The Tigers would likely have to contribute to have Brooks play elsewhere, while Pearce’s planned departure would free up $ 600,000.
The Bulldogs would probably have to get rid of Kyle Flanagan and another player to find the money for Brooks.
However, Webster believes Brooks should take the opportunity to play under the guidance of new Knights assistant and immortal Andrew Johns at Newcastle after his defection from the Eels.
“I think the inclusion of Andrew Johns on the coaching staff and as a running backs coach for the Knights should be something Luke Brooks finds appealing,” said Webster.
“If anyone has watched Luke Brooks over the past few years he’s not to blame for the way the Tigers have played, there are deeper issues at this club than the half-back.
“But if ever a playmaker felt like he needed a change, I think Luke Brooks is.
“If he goes to Newcastle, which are a strong enough team… if he’s under the tutelage of the fullback of the century and arguably the greatest player of all time, he could do worse.”