UP to a dozen of the NRL’s most recognisable names remain without a contract for 2019 and beyond as the June 30 transfer deadline looms closer.
We look at players who could actually and some already have make a move in 2018.
There was talk that there was a chance that the Brisbane Broncos would wash their hands of Jack Bird before the June 30th deadline, but Bird’s most recent injury which is expected to keep him out of the side for at least 6 weeks has quashed any interest there was from rival clubs. Don’t be surprised if Jack Bird is back in Sydney for 2019 though.
Austin has already been informed by Raiders coach Ricky Stuart that he is free to chat with rivals club, as he will not be required for the 2019 season. Austin is understood to be talking to rivals clubs already with a possible mid-season transfer to the Super League. Wigan Warriors have shown interest in the talented play-maker.
Bulldogs have applied to the NRL to have Foran’s salary exempt from the cap if it is ruled that his retirement is a medical necessity. He’s played just 12 games in blue and white, Foran has failed to live up to the hype that saw him evolve into one of the world’s best players at Manly, delivering few highlights in a slow start to the year at Belmore.
Battling hamstring injuries in the past, the star recruit is currently sidelined with a toe injury while also carrying a shoulder-neck issue
Signed, Sealed and delivered to Wests Tigers. Will play his first game for the Wests Tigers after the State of Origin bye round.
Another of Des Hasler’s high price recruits that is not expected to see the end of the Season out in Bulldog Colours. Newcastle currently lead the race for Woods services, but Cronulla have also flagged interest in the Australian Test Forward.
The Cronulla Sharks will allow winger Sosaia Feki to negotiate a transfer to rival clubs ahead of the June 30 trade deadline.
It is a move that will provide the club wth financial flexibility and could bolster their chances of signing Bulldogs prop Aaron Woods.Feki is contracted at Cronulla until the end of the 2019 season but is permitted to leave if he can find a suitable destination.
Gold Coast five-eighth Kane Elgey’s future remains in limbo as he attracts offers from home and abroad.
The club is undecided on whether or to move on Elgey, who has fielded interest from three Super League teams and three others in the NRL, Elgey is keen for a fresh start and is urging the club to release before the end of the month.
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