The exodus of the Eels is about to intensify further with another star who would consider a shock defection to French rugby union.
The Dolphins have reportedly identified their marquee man and are considering making him an offer that would make him the highest-paid player in the NRL.
Meanwhile, there is good news for Roosters fans with a star in demand who should push back interest in signing again.
Read on for the latest transfer whispers from the NRL.
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SIVO SET FOR SHOCK CODE SWITCH
Parramatta winger Maika Sivo is reportedly considering a shock defection to French rugby union.
News Corp Reports the 28-year-old is offered the option of leaving the NRL after next season for a payday in Europe.
Another Eels winger of Fijian origin, Semi Radradra, joined the Toulon rugby union after the 2017 NRL season.
Sivo is under contract for another two years but the 2023 season marks an option in his favor and he could leave for the game at 15.
Sivo is expected to earn $ 400,000 at Eels next year and attract a more lucrative bid in France.
The rumor mill already has a replacement at Parramatta if Sivo leaves, with Canberra’s Bailey Simonsson named.
Meanwhile, Eels forward Marata Niukore is ready to leave for the Warriors and the deal is almost done.
Auckland-born Niukore is reportedly keen to return home to New Zealand when his contract with eels expires after next season.
THE BIG PONGA DOLPHINS OPPORTUNITY
Since the Dolphins were named the 17th team in the NRL, the big question is who will be their trademark signature?
Corp News Journalist Phil Rothfield believes the club, led by veteran coach Wayne Bennett, picked Knights superstar Kalyn Ponga as their Big Fish signing.
The 23-year-old is signed until the end of 2022 and then has an option in his favor for 2023 and 2024.
Rothfield said Great Sporty Breakfast from Sky Sports Radiothat the Dolphins are considering offering Ponga a “ridiculous” salary to try to lure him into the club.
“I still think they will go stronger for Kalyn Ponga more than any other player,” he said.
“I’ve heard about ridiculous money, I’ve heard about $ 1.4 million a year, which would clearly make him the highest paid player in the game. He’s ex-Queensland, (he ) originally started with the Cowboys.
However, chasing the Dolphins won’t be as easy as throwing a lot of money at Ponga.
It was reported earlier this year by Fox League’s James Hooper that Newcastle need to win the post of prime minister for Ponga to be allowed to activate these clauses.
The Knights will need to improve considerably to fight for the prime minister position next season, otherwise it will take serious negotiations to secure the deal with the Dolphins.
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MANU AGAIN COMMITMENTS FOR THE ROOSTERS
Joey Manu is one of the hottest names to become a “free agent” starting Monday. The Roosters superstar has taken his game to another level this season, particularly impressive when he filled the fullback and five-eighth position.
The 25-year-old has drawn the attention of the Warriors who have been very open about their intentions to make him an offer for 2023 and beyond.
The offer is said to be around $ 1million per season given that the club have a lot of money to spend following the departure of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
It was reported over the weekend that Manu’s desire to move to full-back or five-eighth for good could force the Roosters to let him go given they already have James Tedesco and Luke Keary in those positions. .
However, in a huge boost for the Roosters, Rothfield believes Manu will sign with the club again within the next two days for a contract worth around $ 150,000 less than he could get with. the Warriors.
“I think in the next 48 hours, big Roosters center Joey Manu, who is going to receive an offer of over a million dollars from the Warriors, I think he will re-commit to the Roosters,” he said. -he declares. Great sports breakfast from Sky Sports Radio.
“I think he’s going to take some pennies, probably $ 850,000 or something. I think he wants to be a player of one club.
“They’re about to turn 30 and Joey is a lot younger. I think that will come … I get a good mail saying he will stay at the Roosters.
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