In just over three weeks players that come off contract in 2023 are free to officially field offers from rival clubs.
The Dolphins, who thought they were in the box seat to sign Cameron Munster, will now turn their attention elsewhere, the Knights can have a real crack at Luke Brooks and the likes of Mitchell Moses, Latrell Mitchell, Stephen Crichton and Brian To’o can hit the open market.
Unless of course their respective clubs lock them in first.
It makes for a frantic few weeks in club land to finalise deals all while a stack of players are over in the UK for the Rugby League World Cup.
But come November 1 it’s free for all — and there are some big-name, big-money stars up for grabs.
Here is a club-by-club breakdown of players who can negotiate with rivals from November 1 and how their situation currently looks.
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Off-contract 2022: Albert Kelly, Rhys Kennedy, Jake Turpin, Billy Walters, Xavier Willison
Off-contract 2023: Jesse Arthars, Herbie Farnworth, Thomas Flegler, Kobe Hetherington, Corey Jensen, Tesi Niu, Corey Oates, Cory Paix, Keenan Palasia, Jordan Pereira, Ethan Quai-Ward, Logan Bayliss
It’s been nearly four months since we saw Herbie Farnworth in action, but the 22-year-old was in red-hot form before suffering a season-ending biceps injury and was being chased hard by the Dolphins for 2023. The Broncos managed to lock him in for next season, but he’ll be a free agent in less than a month — opening the door once again for the Dolphins to strike. What could work in the Dolphins’ favour this time is the fact that Farnworth wants to play fullback, but the Broncos have since signed Reece Walsh to play that position. Veteran winger Corey Oates is coming off one of his best seasons and earnt a one-year extension with the Broncos but is fair game for 2024. He also turned down interest from the Dolphins to stay loyal, but could hear from Wayne Bennett again in a few week’s time.
Off-contract 2022: Elijah Anderson, Adrian Trevilyan
Off-contract 2023: Jarrod Croker (PO 2024), Matt Frawley, Emre Guler, Albert Hopoate, Peter Hola (MO 2024), Jordan Rapana, Brad Schneider, Harley Smith-Shields, Tom Starling (PO 2024), Jack Wighton (PO 2024), Clay Webb
Jarrod Croker’s season was less than ideal. The veteran centre started the year in reserve grade and then in the one NRL game he played, injured his shoulder. He was set to return to the field three weeks later only to re-injure it and be ruled out for the remainder of the season. Despite that horror lucky, Croker told the Fox League podcast in September that he has every intention to see out his contract despite undergoing surgery on his shoulder. The 32-year-old will play next year and then has the opportunity to reassess before 2024. Like Croker, star five-eighth Jack Wighton has an option in his favour for 2024 too. He is expected to take that up but talks may have to wait until he returns from the Rugby League World Cup in mid-November. While it hasn’t been announced, Tom Starling confirmed to foxsports.com.au earlier this year that he intended on taking up the option for 2024.Jordan Rapana re-signed with the Raiders in August but is back on the market from November 1. If the Raiders don’t lock him in within the next week he’ll have the World Cup to show rival clubs what he can offer after being included in the New Zealand squad. Brad Schneider and Matt Frawley served as valuable backups to the halves this season, but will be lower on the club’s priority list of re-signings. Meanwhile, Peter Hola’s future is in the club’s hands but given how well he performed in New South Wales Cup, expect Canberra to retain the powerful prop.
Off-contract 2022: Josh Cook, Matt Doorey, Reece Hoffman, Tui Katoa, Jackson Topine, Brandon Wakeham, Zac Hetherington, Cooper Talau (CO 2023), Declan Casey, Jeral Skelton, Zach Dockar-Clay, Billy Tsikrikas, Harrison Edwards, Jayden Tanner, Josh Stuckey, Kurtis Morrin
Off-contract 2023: Paul Alamoti, Corey Allan, Jake Averillo, Bailey Biondi-Odo, Braidon Burns, Matt Burton (PO 2024), Kyle Flanagan, Josh Jackson, Jayden Okunbor, Chris Patolo, Ava Seumanufagai, Luke Thompson, Corey Waddell
Bulldogs fans are anxiously awaiting Matt Burton’s verdict on 2024. The star five-eighth was the Dogs’ best in his debut season for the club and after making his State of Origin debut and being picked in the Kangaroos squad he’ll have no shortage of interest from rivals. If the Bulldogs can’t officially lock Burton in before he heads off to the World Cup, they’ll be at risk of allowing other clubs to swoop in with big-money offers. The good news is that the signing of new coach Cameron Ciraldo will go a long way in keeping Burton long term and major sponsor Craig Laundy told SEN in August that he is “very confident” Burton won’t be going anywhere. The man himself also told The Sydney Morning Herald this week: “I can see it (an extension) getting done, that’s what I want”. There’s a big decision looming for both the club and skipper Josh Jackson, who will be 32-years old before next season kicks off. Given what he’s done for the Bulldogs over the last 11 years, the club will likely leave the decision up to Jackson. There’s been rumours circulating for months that the Bulldogs have been trying to offload Luke Thompson and Kyle Flanagan. Thompson confirmed in early 2022 that the Tigers were interested in him for this season, while the Storm were also linked to the prop. Flanagan on the other hand was linked to the Super League but the emerging halfback shut that down in August and declared he “definitely” wants to extend with the Bulldogs. The duo are likely to see out the final year of their contract but don’t expect the Dogs to rush into a new deal before November 1. After Jake Averillo’s successful switch to fullback, he will be a priority re-signing, as well as rising duo Paul Alamoti and Chris Patolo.
Off-contract 2022: Andrew Fifita, Wade Graham, Mawene Hiroti, Franklin Pele, Jensen Taumoepeau (CO 2023), Jonaiah Lualua, Jack Martin, Ryan Rivett, Thomas Rodwell
Off-contract 2023: Jayden Berrell, Royce Hunt, Matt Ikuvalu, Sione Katoa, Will Kennedy, Lachlan Miller, Jesse Ramien, Siosifa Talakai, Braydon Trindall, Teig Wilton
The Sharks have a bit of work to do before November 1 if they want to lock down star fullback Will Kennedy and centre pairing Jesse Ramien and Siosifa Talakai as well as Sione Katoa. The quartet are a part of the group of players that are willing to take less than what they can get at a rival club to stick together in the Shire. Ronaldo Mulitalo has led that charge and inked a two-year extension in September in the first re-signing domino to fall for the Sharks. Ramien told foxsports.com.au also in September that he’d “love to stay” and that he was in “early stages” of negotiations. He put talks in his back pocket to focus on finals but said he would dive back into them during the off-season. Talakai in particular is set for a big pay rise after a breakout season in the centres and a NSW Origin debut. Barnstorming prop Royce Hunt only signed a one-year extension in August to keep him at the club next season — which has left the door wide open for rivals to table offers for 2024 and beyond.
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Off-contract 2022: Esan Marsters, Aaron Booth, Shallin Fuller
Off-contract 2023: Jacob Alick (CO 2024), David Fifita, Sosefo Fifita, Patrick Herbert, Brian Kelly, Alofi’ana Khan-Pereira, Sam Lisone (CO 2024), Greg Marzhew, Sam McIntyre, Paul Turner, Joseph Vuna, Tony Francis
The Titans only have one top tier player coming off contract — David Fifita — and haven’t been in a rush to lock him in. Fifita joined the club on a monster $1.25 million-a-year deal in 2021 but has fallen short of the expectations that come with that price tag. The Titans are however, said to be preparing a two-year extension for the 22-year-old but it will at a much-reduced price of $750,000-per-season. They will be contending with the Dragons though, who are reportedly weighing up an offer for the star second-rower. One big draw card the Dragons have is Fifita’s partner, Shaylee Bent, who plays for the Red V’s NRLW side.
Off-contract 2022: Morgan Boyle, Andrew Davey, Kurt De Luis, Martin Taupau, Zac Fulton, Ray Tuiamalo Vaega, James Segeyaro, Alfred Smalley, James Roumanos
Off-contract 2023: Ethan Bullemor, Lachlan Croker, Reuben Garrick, Morgan Harper, Brad Parker, Jason Saab, Toafofa Sipley, Ben Trbojevic, Alec Tu’itavake, Kaeo Weekes, Gordon Chan Kum Tong, Jamie Humphreys, Jacob Sykes
Reuben Garrick, Lachlan Croker and Jason Saab top the priority list for Manly — but the big question is how does the club negotiate new deals when the future of coach Des Hasler is uncertain? Garrick had to fill the biggest shoes in the NRL when Tom Trbojevic suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and did an admirable job. Saab had some nice moments — including scoring a double in back-to-back weeks before suffering an ACL injury — while Lachlan Croker was crowned Manly’s player of the year. It’s understood Garrick has enjoyed his time at fullback but will have to shift back to the wing next season when Trbojevic returns. If he wants to wear the No.1 jersey long term he will need to look at switching clubs and it was revealed in August that the Knights are considering him if they were to shift Kalyn Ponga to the halves. Croker’s retention is a must after the season he had and the fact he is the club’s first choice hooker. Toafofa Sipley is another name that will likely be high up on the hit-list, but Morgan Harper and Brad Parker may choose to explore their options given Tolu Koula’s rise this season has all but locked in a starting centre spot for years to come.
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Off-contract 2022: Cooper Johns, Chris Lewis, Young Tonumaipea, Bronson Garlick,
Off-contract 2023: Grant Anderson, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Jordan Grant, Dean Ieremia, George Jennings, Tui Kamikamica, Josh King, Nick Meaney, Tepai Moeroa, Cameron Munster, Jayden Nikorima, Jonah Pezet, Tariq Sims, Will Warbrick, Tyran Wishart, Cole Geyer
Cameron Munster’s future has been the biggest contract story of the season and was finally settled on Thursday. Munster has spent his entire first grade career in Melbourne but seriously weighed up a move to the Dolphins to play under Wayne Bennett, while the Tigers were also throwing everything at him. The Storm initially tabled a three-year offer at $800,000 per season, which fell short of Munster’s expectations. They then upped that offer in August to be more “in the ballpark” of what the 28-year-old is after. In the end he turned down $1.3 million-a-season to re-sign with the Storm on a $4 million deal. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, meanwhile, is a big name to keep an eye on. After farewelling the Bromwich brothers and Felise Kaufusi, Asofa-Solomona’s experience in the pack has become even more important. Nick Meaney was an astute buy for the Storm this season, filling in at five-eighth, fullback and on wing. After finishing equal third in the race for the club’s player of the year, the 25-year-old should earn an extension.
Off-contract 2022: Phoenix Crossland, Brayden Musgrove
Off-contract 2023: Jake Clifford, Adam Clune, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Tyson Frizell, Bailey Hodgson, Hymel Hunt, Jack Johns, Brodie Jones, David Klemmer, Kurt Mann, Chris Randall, Enari Tuala, Dominic Young, Chris Vea’ila
David Klemmer turned back the clock this season and has caught the attention of two rival clubs. The Wests Tigers and his former club, the Bulldogs, are reportedly interested in the veteran prop’s services for next season — and the Knights are said to be open to granting him an early release from the $800,000-a-season deal he is on. the Tigers are prepared to offer Klemmer a two-year deal after he toured their facilities. Jake Clifford looked like a revelation at halfback in the first few weeks of the season, but fell down the pecking order and spent some time in reserve grade and took some time away to deal with personal issues. There’s been whispers that he wants to return home to Queensland and it’s understood the Knights won’t stand in his way if he can secure a contract elsewhere for next season. Meanwhile, News Corp recently revealed that Adam Cluneknocked back interest from Super League club Warringon. With Tyson Gamble joining the club next season on a two-year deal, the writing seems to be on the wall for one of, if not both Clifford and Clune. Tyson Frizell’s situation will be interesting to watch play out given he was once a NSW and Kangaroos representative but hasn’t hit the same heights since joining the Knights. He did claim the Danny Buderus Medal for the Knights’ best this season though, which should put him in good stead for an extension. Dominic Young enjoyed a breakout season on the wing and will have no shortage of clubs showing interest from November 1 — especially after being picked in England’s World Cup squad.
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Off-contract 2023: Ben Condon, Mitchell Dunn, Brendan Elliott, Jake Granville, Ben Hampton, Peta Hiku, Laitia Moceidreke, Jeremiah Nanai, Reece Robson, Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, Jordan Lipp, Riley Price
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow was originally on this list but his time at the Cowboys has come to an end a season early with the speedy back signing with the Dolphins. Tabuai-Fidow started the season as the Cowboys’ first choice fullback but eventually lost his spot to Scott Drinkwater and had to settle for the bench. Jeremiah Nanai inked a one-year extension in April on purpose so he could renegotiate his salary each year — a wise move by the young second-rower given he made his Origin debut and has been selected in the Kangaroos squad since then. But it means if the Cowboys don’t get a new deal done before he heads off to the World Cup, rivals will swoop in as soon as he returns. Peta Hiku has been a revelation in the centres at his new club. He’s a big fan of coach Todd Payten and told AAP last month that this has been “one of the best and most enjoyable years I’ve ever had,” so expect this match made in heaven to continue beyond 2023. Meanwhile, Reece Robson emerged as one of the Cowboys’ best players and is has sparked a bit of interest around the game. Robson left the Dragons to make the move to Townsville in 2020 but the Red V are looking for a long-term hooker to replace Andrew McCullough. They have Jacob Liddle for 2023 but are expected to try and lure Robson back for 2024 as soon as November 1 hits. However, the Cowboys are hoping to act fast on their key players with Payten saying in August: “We don’t want our players to come off contract. Our intentions are to get them over the line before that date happens.”
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Off-contract 2022: Solomone Naiduki, Hayze Perham, David Hollis, Sam Loizou, Uinitoni Mataele
Off-contract 2023: Jake Arthur, Waqa Blake, Dylan Brown, Nathan Brown, Bryce Cartwright, Wiremu Greig, Josh Hodgson (CO 2024), Shaun Lane, Mitchell Moses (PO 2024), Ofahiki Ogden (CO 2024), Will Penisini, Mitch Rein, Sean Russell, Bailey Simonsson (PO 2024), Maika Sivo, Josh Tuipulotu
The Eels were hit the hardest last time the November 1 feeding frenzy begun and they look set to go through another nervous period with halves Dylan Brown and Mitchell Moses among the star players free to negotiate with rivals. Moses told reporters this week that he loves the Eels, who “have been so good” to him but given he hasn’t taken up his option for 2024 yet the 28-year-old is expected to hit the open market to see what type of money he can demand after his best season to date. Brown has also enjoyed a career-best season and could demand $800,000 on the open market, but he indicated to foxsports.com.au that he will re-sign with the Eels, saying: “It’s not about money… I’m happy with where I’m at this year.”Shaun Lane hit his potential this seasonand is set to reap the rewards with a three-year extension. He told foxsports.com.au that the new deal will be settled in the off-season. Nathan Brown, on the other hand, won’t be at the Eels beyond 2023 — and may not even be there next season. The former NSW Origin player has fallen out of favour with coach Brad Arthur and was informed in June that he doesn’t have a future at the club. The Wests Tigers are reportedly keen on his services.Maika Sivo is settled at the Eels and activated his option in 2023 earlier this year, but his manager, Chris Orr told News Corp the club has “a battle on their hands” to keep the powerhouse winger. Sivo has been on the radar of French rugby clubs for years and Orr expects those clubs to come knocking again. Given Josh Jodgson hasn’t arrived at the club yet, he’ll be given some time to show what he can offer because a call is made on 2024, while Bailey Simonsson is expected to take up his option for 2024.
Off-contract 2022: Christian Crichton, Matt Eisenhuth, Kurt Falls, Jaeman Salmon, Preston Riki (CO 2023)
Off-contract 2023: Eddie Blacker, Stephen Crichton, Thomas Jenkins, Spencer Leniu, Soni Luke, Liam Martin, Chris Smith, Scott Sorensen, Charlie Staines, Brian To’o, Maverik Geyer, Ativalu Lisati
After securing back-to-back premierships, the Panthers will now turn their attention to locking in key players before rivals swoop in. Liam Martin was linked to the Eels as a replacement for Isaiah Papali’i, but The Sydney Morning Herald reports he’s closing in on a three-year extension. However, Martin’s manager has put the pressure on Penrith to get the deal done before November 1, saying “it would be unwise” to let his client negotiate with rivals. The Storm and Sharks have been rumoured as options, along with the Eels. Stephen Crichton and Brian To’o are next on the hit list with the Bulldogs eyeing the former as a fullback option. The Panthers are playing a particularly dangerous game with To’o, who is widely considered the best winger in the game. He will board a flight to the UK with Crichton to play for Samoa in the World Cup and will no doubt return to phone calls from plenty of interested clubs. Charlie Staines’ future has been uncertain for quite some time with reports claiming the Panthers are keen to offload him given he’s taking up close to $500,000 in the cap and hasn’t nailed down a regular first grade spot. The 22-year-old, who filled in for Taylan May on the wing in the grand final, has most recently been linked to the Tigers in a swap deal involving Tyrone Peachey. However, Staines told foxsports.com.au after the grand final: “I’m contracted to Penrith next year so you know that’s where I’ll be next year.” The speculation around his immediate future suggests he won’t be offered a new deal beyond 2023 — or if he is, it will be on a hefty pay cut. As for next season, Jaeman Salmon has confirmed to foxsports.com.au that there is an offer from Penrith on the table but he and his manager are “just sorting things out.”
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Off-contract 2022:Poasa Faamausili, Jack Gosiewski, Tautau Moga, Aaron Woods (PO 2023), Shalom O’Ofou, Jonathon Reuben
Off-contract 2023: George Burgess, Billy Burns, Jack de Belin (PO 2024), Tyrell Fuimaono, Josh Kerr, Blake Lawrie, Jacob Liddle, Moses Mbye, Andrew McCullough, Michael Molo (MO 2024), Mikaele Ravalawa (PO 2024)
Skipper and Dragons Player of the Year, Ben Hunt has been in the headlines after knocking back the club’s initial extension offer, butc speculation was finally put to bed when he inked a two-year extension. The Dragons reportedly tabled a two-year deal worth around $750,000-a-season — a lot less than the $1.2 million he is currently earning. It opened the door for the Bulldogs and Titans to explore Hunt’s services, however, the club upped their offer to around$900,000-a-season and got the deal done.32-year-old Andrew McCullough may choose to play a few games next season before deciding whether he has another year in him, while veteran prop George Burgess is unlikely to earn a new deal after falling short of expectations this season. Expect Jack de Belin and Mikaele Ravalawa to hit the market to gauge interest before taking up their options for 2024. Josh Kerr had been linked to a move to the Dolphins — his junior club — in 2024, but it’s understood he’s chasing an extension with the Dragons. Meanwhile, Tyrell Sloan is not free to negotiate with rivals given he is signed until the end of 2024, but the young fullback’s dissatisfaction is no secret. The 20-year-old requested an early release to join the Dolphins but that was denied.
Off-contract 2022: Zane Bijorac (CO 2023), Richard Kennar (CO 2023), Josh Mansour, Jaxson Paulo, Lachlan Gale, Shaquai Mitchell, Trent Peoples
Off-contract 2023: Thomas Burgess, Jed Cartwright, Michael Chee Kam, Damien Cook, Siliva Havili, Dean Hawkins, Jacob Host, Terrell Kalo Kalo, Liam Knight, Latrell Mitchell, Hame Sele, Blake Taffe, Cody Walker
South Sydney have a stack of talent that could hit the open market if they don’t lock them in quickly. Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker lead the list and talks with the club seem to be carrying on for months. But the good news is that the duo have all but signed their new deals, according to News Corp. We should expect their extensions to be announced before November 1 to avoid any further speculation. NSW Origin hooker Damien Cook told the Fox League podcast in June that he wants to finish his career at the Rabbitohs and is after a three-year extension before hanging the boots up.
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Off-contract 2022:Angus Crichton, Adam Keighran Matt Lodge, Ben Marschke, Ben Thomas, Tuku Hau Tapuha
Off-contract 2023: Renouf Atoni, Fletcher Baker, Egan Butcher, Drew Hutchison, Terrell May, Victor Radley, Billy Smith, Joseph Suaalii (PO 2024), Daniel Tupou, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sam Walker, Connor Watson
With several big-name players coming off contract next year, the Roosters are likely locked in negotiations as we speak. Youngsters Sam Walker and Joseph Suaalii are likely to receive the most interest from rivals given they’ve barely scratched the surface of their potential, but in a big boost for the Roosters Walker told News Corp that re-signing is “definitely the goal.” Suaalii, on the other hand has Rugby Australia hot on his heels. Suaalii had an option in his favour for 2023 too but has already taken that up, while the Roosters are busily working on trying to get him locked in for 2024 as well.It’s hard to imagine star enforcer and local junior Victor Radley in any other jersey and you’d imagine he’ll turn down any interest from rivals to recommit. However, it could be the end for Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. The leader of the pack will be 34-years old before next season kicks off so may want some more time to weigh up his options. There’s been not much chatter surrounding the futures of Connor Watson or Daniel Tupou so for now we’ll have to sit back and watch how their situations unfold. As for next season, Angus Crichton has agreed to an extension it’s just yet to be registered, the Roosters are awaiting the final salary cap figure before working on retaining Matt Lodge and Adam Keighran is on the hunt for a new club — however Penrith have expressed interest in him.
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Off-contract 2022: Daejarn Asi, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Dunamis Lui, Jack Murchie, Pride Petterson-Robati, Iliesa Ratuva, Jazz Tevaga (PO 2023), Lleyton Finau, Otukinekina Kepu, Valingi Kepu
Off-contract 2023: Bunty Afoa, Tom Ale, Shaun Johnson, Edward Kosi, Marcelo Montoya, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Aaron Pene, Adam Pompey, Bayley Sironen, Jacob Laban, Demitric Sifakula
Star playmaker Shaun Johnson tops the list for the Warriors but given his less than impressive season he won’t have a line-up of clubs chasing him like some of the other big-name players coming off contract in 2023. Johnson was also overlooked by New Zealand for the World Cup so won’t have the international stage to entice rivals — or the Warriors for that matter. He turns 33 next season and may just wait until next year before deciding on his future. Jazz Tevaga is expected to take up his option for next season, while the club is keen to lock him and Bunty Afoa on a new deal before November 1, according toStuff NZ.
Off-contract 2022: William Kei, Henry O’Kane, Tommy Talau, James Tamou
Off-contract 2023: Luke Brooks, Adam Doueihi, Oliver Gildart, Jackson Hastings, Daine Laurie, Ken Maumalo (MO 2024), Tyrone Peachey, Alex Seyfarth, Tuki Simpkins, Apisalome Saukuru
The Tigers’ halves depth is at risk of copping a huge hit given Jock Madden has already signed with the Broncos for next season and Luke Brooks, Adam Doueihi and Jackson Hastings can negotiate with rivals in just over three week’s time. Brooks’ future has been under a cloud basically all year. The Knights chased him hard as a replacement for Mitchell Pearce but the Tigers refused to grant a release. It’s understood the Knights are still interested in his services but the Tigers have “broached the subject” of an extension beyond 2024 with Brooks’ management. Doueihi is an interesting one to keep an eye on given he was keen on a loan deal to the Storm this season and the fact the Storm will need a new five-eighth if Cameron Munster knocks back their offer. The Storm approached the Tigers in July about borrowing Doueihi for the remainder of the season and the 24-year-old thought it was a “good opportunity,” however the Tigers didn’t see it that way. It has since been revealed by News Corp that Doueihi is at the top of the Storm’s list should Munster sign elsewhere. Hastings was the shining light in the Tigers’ horror season and reportedly was on the Bulldogs’ radar at one stage. As mentioned earlier, Tyrone Peachey is being floated in a potential immediate swap deal with Charlie Staines which would see him return to his former club, the Panthers. That deal could put Daine Laurie in a compromising position — despite the young fullback being named Player’s Player at the Tigers’ awards night. However, the Tigers have tabled a one-year extension to Laurie, according to News Corp, but he is holding out until they up the offer to two years. That comes after the 23-year-old said in May that he “definitely wants to stay” at the Tigers.
Off-contract 2023: JJ Collins, Herman Ese’ese, Tom Gilbert, Mason Teague, Harrison Graham, Jack Bostock, Ryan Jackson, Michael Roberts
The Dolphins enter the competition next season will need to wait until they see the team in action before making any calls on those players that are on a one-year deal.