With all eyes on this week’s State of Origin team selections there has still been a fair bit to report from around the grounds.
Nevertheless one thing we’ve learnt about the NRL is that every week something is going down which could shape this league in the short and long term.
Signings and transfers
Josh Dugan is in the hunt for a new contract. Dugan has gone and done what many before him have, and travel across Captain Cook’s bridge into the shire and sign a four year $3m deal with the Cronulla Sharks.
This was in the ballpark of what the Dragons were to offer, however mail out of Dugan’s camp is that the way he was treated throughout the process was the ultimate deciding factor.
Dugan better get comfy plying his trade in the centres. I don’t see Holmes relinquishing that Fullback jersey anytime soon.
Is Jonathan Thurston for real? Just when you thought he’d hang up the boots with the motivation of a couple of injuries behind him Thurston goes and signs an extension on his contract.
Cody Walker and the South Sydney Rabbitohs are at a standstill. Walker, a late bloomer in his own right is said to be earning between $260,000 to $360,000 per season. Clearly this is well under his value but it was the contract Walker and his manager signed.
With that said, Walker was quietly seeking an upgrade. Since the Rabbits were open in their pursuit of Dane Gagai labeling him a $700,000+ player has only enraged Walker and his representation.
Walker isn’t feeling the love in Redfern. He’s close to walking out on the club if something isn’t added to his contract any time soon.
Jack Wighton, one of the few bright spots of Canberra’s topsy-turvy season has resigned with the squad for an additional 3 years till the end of 2020.
Will Chambers is eyeing a new contract with the Storm valued at over $700,000 per season. Word out of Victoria is that the deal is close to being done.
Michael Jennings picked up a quad injury in the team’s loss to the Raiders. He’ll be spending approximately 4-6 rounds on the sidelines.
Andrew McCullough may be out of the Broncos encounter with the Warriors due to concussion. Hunt’s return this weekend could prove to be extremely timely.
By Nik Hatzi