One club is on the verge of re-signing a veteran, while two others want to move on some of its senior players.
Meanwhile, rival clubs continue to monitor the situation of a young half who can’t get a start in his club’s NRL side.
Read on for the latest NRL transfer whispers.
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FAN FAVOURITE TO BECOME RAIDER FOR LIFE
The Raiders are on the verge of extending club great Josh Papalii’s contract through to the end of 2024.
Raiders boss Don Furner told The Sydney Morning Herald that the club was “at the pointy end of discussions” with Papalii, who is currently signed until the end of 2022.
The new deal would see the 28-year-old spend 14 seasons in Canberra with the high chance of retiring a one-club player.
“If anyone deserves an extension at the moment at our club, it’s Josh Papalii,” Furner said.
“We’ve been working on the two-year extension for a while and it’s progressing well. He’s happy here and he wants the security.”
Coach Ricky Stuart said Papalii lives and breathes the Raiders.
“He’s Canberra through and through. Papa loves Canberra, he loves the jersey, he’s what the club is about.”
The extension could be finalised as early as the end of the week.
It comes just after Papalii’s incredible ankle tap on Gold Coast’s Jamal Fogarty will go down as one of the best try-savers in a long time.
The big man, who weighs 110kg, sprinted 60 metres to catch Fogarty. In fact, Papalii equalled Jack Wighton with the fastest speed ran in the game (31.7km/h, beating his previous record of 28.3km/h).
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PANTHERS LIKELY TO LOSE BURTON
The Panthers may have to accept the reality that the chances of young playmaker Matt Burton remaining at the club beyond his current contract are slim.
The 20-year-old is signed until the end of next year but can start conversations with rivals from November.
He’s been tipped to be a future star of the game and showed in his five first grade appearances he has the talent to be a starting NRL half.
Burton will reportedly see out his current contract as he is keen to continue learning off Ivan Cleary and son, superstar halfback Nathan.
There’s even reports he could re-sign with Penrith but with lots of rivals circling, particularly the Bulldogs, a guaranteed starting spot could be too good for him to turn down.
TIGERS SET FOR A CLEAN OUT
WWOSreports Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire is keen to move on a number of senior players in a player clean out ahead of 2021.
On that list reportedly are forwards Russell Packer, signed until the end of 2021, and Chris McQueen, off-contract at the end of the season. While there’s also no word on veteran five-eighth Benji Marshall’s future too, which could come affect which players are moved on in the clean out.
The club will lose Josh Reynolds, who is signed until the end of 2021 on a mega deal, if he can secure a new deal elsewhere. He was given the club’s blessing to talk to rivals last year and has most recently been linked to a Super League move.
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BULLDOGS TO LET GO OF VETERAN
The Daily Telegraph reports incoming Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett won’t offering veteran forward Aiden Tolman a new deal.
The 31-year-old is off-contract at the end of the season. He has played 271 NRL games, 218 of those with the Bulldogs.
While Tolman is likely past his best years, his leadership has been huge for the Bulldogs and would be sorely missed by his teammates who always credit the prop for his workrate.
ROOKIE EEL ON SUPER LEAGUE RADAR
He may only be four games into his NRL career and be one of the oldest rookies, but Eels forward Andrew Davey is on the radar of English Super League team Hull Kingston Rovers.
The 28-year-old was the second oldest player to make his NRL debut, when he earned a call-up in Round 10.
League Express reports the club has inquired about Davey and the workhorse forward is open to a move.