A boom Broncos forward has reportedly signed with the Titans, while the Eels are at serious risk of losing at least one of their star playmakers as several rivals circle.
Dylan Brown’s manager has confirmed there’s “eight or nine” clubs interested in the gun five-eighth, while Mitchell Moses is reportedly a “50-50” chance of staying.
The Tigers are one of the clubs chasing Moses’ signature and it’s been revealed that they’re keen to lure him over immediately — and their pursuit could be what’s causing the delay in rubberstamping John Bateman’s transfer.
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BRONCOS FORWARD TO SIGN WITH TITANS
Next season will be Keenan Palasia’s last with the Broncos asNews Corp reports the 25-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Titans, beginning in 2024.
The Broncos were keen to keep the Samoan international and tabled a two-year extension but he knocked it back to take up the Titans’ offer of $300,000 a season — a $100,000 increase on what he stands to earn next season.
According to News Corp the Warriors and Dragons were interested in his servies but Palasia, who grew up on the Gold Coast, was drawn to the Titans.
It comes after it was revealed Palasia — who is signed to the Broncos until the end of 2023 — had spoken to coach Kevin Walters about an early release.
“I have let ‘Kevvie’ know I would prefer to head home. I spoke to Kevvie about it,” he told News Corp.
“He said he wants to keep me and there is a role for me within the squad… But I feel I can be a starting player.”
Palasia is stuck behind the likes of Payne Haas, Thomas Flegler and Patrick Carrigan at the Broncos and sees more opportunity at the Titans, who have lost Jarrod Wallace, Sam Lisone and Herman Ese’ese.
The former Queensland under 20s representative has been on the radar of NRL rivals for quite some time. In fact, a year ago Manly tried to lure him to the club with a four-year deal worth $1 million, but he turned it down to stay loyal to the Broncos.
The Titan’s are expected to announce Palasia’s signing on Thursday.
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BROWN IN NO RUSH AS BIG NRL LINE FORMS
The Eels are set for a long and nervous wait for Dylan Brown’s decision on his future with the 21-year-old in no rush to lock anything in.
Brown comes off contract at the end of 2023 but since November 1 has been free to negotiate with rivals for 2024 and beyond.
The Eels are hopeful of retaining the New Zealand international’s services but his manager told Wide World of Sports there are “eight or nine clubs” interested.
“There are eight or nine clubs after Dylan so there is a lot to consider,” Gavin Orr said.
“He will just sit back and see how things go over the next few weeks and months.”
It comes after Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett declared he is “interested” in Brown, who he believes is a “quality player.”
The Dolphins are reportedly prepared to offer him $1 million per season on a four or five-year deal.
Brown backed up his career-best season with an impressive World Cup campaign for the Kiwis and is now enjoying a break in Europe.
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MOSES INTEREST AT CENTRE OF BATEMAN DELAY
There’s a growing concern amongst Eels officials that Mitchell Moses won’t be at the club in 2024, according to News Corp’s Dave Riccio.
In fact, he may not even be there next season, with Channel 7’s Michelle Bishop reporting the Tigers want the star playmaker for 2023.
Moses has an option in his favour for 2024, which means he can negotiate with rivals for that season and beyond — and doesn’t have to inform the Eels of his decision until Round 10 next year.
The Bulldogs and Tigers are the two clubs in the race for the star halfback and are prepared to offer big money.
Riccio told SEN that the Eels have tabled a “significant four-year offer” to the 28-year-old but he believes “it won’t be in the vicinity” of what the Bulldogs and Tigers will pull together.
He also revealed he received a tip-off that Moses will not be an Eel beyond next season.
“I received a call (from a source) that suggested there is no way in the world that Mitchell Moses will be there in 2024,” Riccio said.
“If I’m a betting man, I don’t believe that Mitchell Moses will be there in 2024.
“I can tell you that Parramatta officials are nervous. They are nervous about where this is going to go.”
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Meanwhile, Bishop told SEN that the Tigers are so keen on Moses they will even try and get him to the club immediately.
She also believes their pursuit of Moses is what’s causing a delay in locking in English international and former Raider John Bateman.
“The Wests Tigers have actually agreed to pay Bateman’s transfer fee from the UK. That’s all happening,” Bishop said.
“The Mitchell Moses situation could be the thing that’s holding it up.
“The Tigers are going all guns blazing and they actually want Moses for 2023.
“They need to leave some cash in the cap for that to become a reality.
“Both Bateman and Moses share the same player manager, so they clearly hold the trump card in this one.
“Nervous times for Eels fans.”
However Bishop did conceded it’s “wishful thinking” from the Tigers in trying to land Moses for next season.
Moses rose up through the Tigers’ lower grades before making his NRL debut for the club in 2014. He then left in mid-2017 to join the Eels.