Gold Coast Titans
We’ll start in alphabetical order. Ashley Taylor, the young bloke that burst onto the scene in the Gold Coast has just penned a new deal keeping him a Titan till 2018.
The Titans have continued business by offloading unwanted back Josh Hoffman. It was no secret that Hoffman travelled to the Gold Coast in search of regular first team football with the Number 1 on his back.
Unfortunately this didn’t materialize and with the team’s recent acquisition of Jarryd Hayne who’ll only get better with his time in the league, Hoffman has seen the door close on being the Titans’ custodian at the back.
Josh Hoffman has signed with the Parramatta Eels on a three-year deal. Hoffman better be careful that Bevan French, one of the best young players in the league doesn’t beat him to that Eels Number 1 jumper.
Paul Gallen has struck a deal with the brass in Cronulla to extend his playing time in the shire by a further year. There were a lot of doubters as to whether Gal had enough left in the tank let alone whether the Sharks wanted him.
Damien Cook is a new addition being linked with Cronulla as well. Cook has requested an immediate release from the South Sydney Rabbitohs in order to join his boyhood club. Cook, a product of the Sutherland Shire has found his minutes limited in the red and green after well published reports highlighting fallouts between he and coach Maguire.
To make matters worse, the Rabbitohs just signed Robbie Farah who will surely cause Cook to be limited to Bench minutes at best.
The Tigers have been linked with big man Jamal Idris. Idris’ troubles on and off the field have been well documented over the years. Many pundits had claimed the big hunk of a lad just “didn’t have his heart in it”.
Idris is full of potential and we’ve seen glimpses of that from his debut in round 24 of the 2008 season. Hopefully his recent sabbatical has helped steady him and he can now focus on playing some good footy.
Manly Sea Eagles
The Northern beaches based club has announced the signing of Jonathan wright and Blake Green. Not too much to get excited about for the Brookvale faithful. Green has been quite an underwhelming player when playing outside the confines of the Melbourne Storm’s structure and hopefully Sea Eagle fans don’t get their hopes up.
The highest profile player without an NRL club. Foran’s battle with depression and off field issues combined with injury derailed the talented pivot’s 2016 campaign for the Parramatta Eels.
Foran has been heartily pursued by Souths in a last ditch attempt to replace Luke Keary and provide a partner to the injury-prone Adam Reynolds.
The Bulldogs have made a strong play in recent weeks to lock up Foran’s signature however that all may be in vein.
The favourites in this race are the New Zealand Warriors. At a time where Foran needs as much stability as possible in his life, going back to his native country and being surrounded by friends and family may be what puts his career back on the right path.
Foran’s presence in an often-tumultuous Warriors locker room may be the calming influence needed for this disappointing club to live up to expectation.