There are three clubs interested in bringing Super League star Brodie Croft back to the NRL, while a Tigers-Panthers swap deal could be on the cards.
The Cowboys are set to re-sign a young gun winger who made his Maroons debut earlier this year.
The Raiders have reportedly secured the signature of a hulking Knights prop, while a Broncos veteran could put pen to paper on a million-dollar extension.
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THE COMBEACK KID
Three NRL clubs have reportedly made contact with Salford star and former Storm and Broncos playmaker Brodie Croft.
Croft was considered one of the next playmakers coming through the ranks but his NRL career ended prematurely after 64 games following disappointing stints in Melbourne and Brisbane.
But the half has been lighting it up for the Red Devils in the Super League and which has seen three NRL clubs make inquiries about his services, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Croft, 25, is contracted until the end of next season but didn’t rule out a homecoming on a podcast last week.
“Coming over and playing with these boys and finding the love for the game that I lost a bit at the back end of last year has been so good,” he said.
“I would never say no (to the NRL) or close the door or anything but I’m not looking too far ahead either.
“I thought I would finish my career at Brisbane. That was my mindset and it didn’t happen.
“I’m focusing on the now and whatever happens can happen with the enjoyment I’ve brought back to my game.”
TIGERS-PANTHERS SWAP DEAL ON THE CARDS
Wests Tigers utility Tyrone Peachy could be heading back to the Panthers on swap deal for Charlie Staines, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Staines enjoyed a strong start to his NRL career at the Panthers after debuting in 202, but he’s fallen down the pecking order and played just 13 games this season.
The 21-year-old has been told he can talk to rivals as Penrith tries to free up some cap space, but clubs are reportedly baulking at his $400,000 asking price.
Peachey is also playing mostly in reserve grade after joining the Tigers from the Titans last year.
He’s played just eight games this season and is growing frustrated by his lack of minutes.
COWBOYS’ ORIGIN GUN SET FOR EXTENSION AMID KEY SIGNINGS SPREE
The Cowboys are set to tick off another of their re-signing priorities, with Queensland winger Murray Taulagi set to ink an extension.
Rugby league reporter Brent Read revealed on Triple M that the Cowboys are close to locking up Taulagi, which will see them shift focus to two crucial players.
“Murray Taulagi played Origin this year and has been one of the real breakout players for the Cowboys this year,” Read said on Triple M.
“The Cowboys have been flying up the ladder and they have a lot of blokes that they need to re-sign at the moment.
“Reece Robson and Jeremiah Nanai are the big ones, but they are close to re-signing Murray Taulagi.
“That will be one more off the list and then they can focus on those blokes Nanai and Robson, so good news for the Cowboys.”
The 23-year-old has scored 26 tries in 52 games for the Cowboys since his debut in 2019 and played one Origin for Queensland in 2022.
RAIDERS HIT BACK
Ricky Stuart’s Raiders have reportedly poached a Knights prop on a two-year deal, hitting back after Newcastle poached Adam Elliott.
Pasami Saulo, 24, is set to move to the nation’s capital from 2023 onwards according to WWOS, having played 26 NRL games since his debut in 2018.
The hulking prop, who stands at 190cm tall, has appeared for Adam O’Brien’s side 10 times this season but faces stiff competition in the Knights forward pack.
Saulo faces the prospect of sitting behind Klemmer, Daniel and Jacob Saifiti, Frizell and new recruits Jack Hetherington and Adam Elliott if he remains in the Hunter.
But with a move to Canberra, Saulo will be desperate to cement a regular first grade spot.
Saulo played for the Australian Schoolboys in 2016 before moving into the Knights junior ranks.
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BRONCOS STAR SET TO INK THREE YEAR EXTENSION
Reborn Broncos winger Corey Oates is set to sign a three-year extension at Red Hill worth $1 million.
Rugby league reporter Brent Read reported on Triple M that Oates is set to stay loyal with the Broncos on a reduced deal, despite interest from rival clubs, including the Dolphins.
“The deal is for another three years and he is obviously off-contract at the end of this year,” Read said on Triple M.
“Another three years for Corey Oates and I reckon it would be around the million dollar mark.
“It gives him the chance to be the highest try-scorer in Broncos history.
“By signing for three more years it gives him the chance to finish his career as their leading try-scorer.
“It has been one of the great renaissances this year Corey Oates. He was nearly out to pasture.
“They were ready to shop him around and let him go. But he has played Origin again and just had an outstanding year so it is a great result for Corey and the club and it will keep him at the club he loves for a bit longer.”
The 27-year-old has scored 118 tries in 191 games for the Broncos since his debut in 2013 and has played nine Origins for Queensland.
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