VALENTINE Holmes appears to be up for grabs as $20 million worth of NRL talent hits the open market.
North Queensland will begin their attempt to lure the Cronulla star back to Townsville with a long-term deal worth upwards of $900,000 a season as the NRL’s annual contracting period kicks off, the Courier Mail reports. It is believed the Sharks have offered a five-year extension worth about $4 million, while several other Sydney clubs are also sniffing around the 23-year- old fullback.
Valentine Holmes is hot property.Source:AAP
WHERE IS JARRYD HAYNE?
Parramatta have re-signed four players — but Jarryd Hayne is not among them.
The Eels announced extending the deals of David Gower, Peni Terepo, George Jennings and Kaysa Pritchard on Tuesday.
Gower and Pritchard have signed for one more year, while Terepo and Jennings penned new two-year contracts for the western Sydney NRL club.
The latest twist means Hayne is officially without a club after his deal expired on Wednesday.
Hayne’s future has been clouded as he and the club remain locked in negotiations on a new contract, with the length of the dealbelieved to be the sticking point.
It is understood the 30-year-old is asking for $700,000 a season after returning to the Eels from the Titans with a massive pay cut.
Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said the club was interested in re-signing the Eels veteran but as it stands, the 30-year-old et to miss the start of the club’s preseason training.
It’s all up in the air at the moment.Source:AAP
ENNIS’ DOOMSDAY PREDICTION
Michael Ennis says the Bulldogs are kidding themselves if they think they’ll be able to contend with NRL heavyweights without David Klemmer.
The NSW prop looks almost certain to jump ship from Canterbury, leaving the struggling club yet another headache to deal with as preseason training commences.
Klemmer has been linked with a move to Newcastle as the Bulldogs prepare a list of potential replacements to fill in their massive hole left in the forwards.
“There’s no way the Bulldogs can confidently head into the season looking to do any damage without a headline front-rower,” Ennis told foxsports.com.au.
“They won’t compete with the top sides like Melbourne, South Sydney, Cronulla’s forward pack, you even look at Newcastle’s with possible Klemmer, Tim Glasby and the Saifiti brothers.
“You look at Brisbane’s young forward pack that’s charging. The way Jordan McLean and Matt Scott finished the season for North Queensland with Jason Taumalolo.”
— with AAP
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