NRL Round 23 - Mid Week Mail
A look at what’s going on around the grounds and how it might affect teams moving forward.
Signings & transfers
First cab off the rank is 33-year old Ryan Hoffman. The Warrior is said to be in talks with Melbourne in an attempt to prolong his career with his old club. Melbourne getting Hoffman back on the cheap would be such a Melbourne move. The deal has been rumored to be for 2 years.
Adam Blair has had his name thrown around in recent weeks. Popular mail suggests that Blair is headed to the cap rich Knights. However, contrarian mail will tell you Blair is heading to either the Warriors or the Dragons.
Nathan Cleary has probably been beating the contracts away with a stick given how mediocre the rest of the halves in the league have looked. Cleary has played coy with Penrith after supposedly being offered a three-year deal. Cleary is simply not in any rush. With Penrith in a bit of disarray Cleary should keep on being patient, his value will probably go up by season’s end.
James Graham looks as though he may have seen the end of Belmore. In what was an absurdly backended deal to begin with, Graham’s cap hit of $1,000,000 next season and poor form this season has forced the Bulldogs to try and offload their passionate Pommy captain.
The Knights will likely make arrangements with the Bulldogs to take Graham off their hands.
Jordan Kahu has wisely re-signed with the Brisbane Broncos for a further three years. Kahu has long been in talks with the club and finally been able to secure employment at his first and only NRL club.
Injuries & Suspensions
James Maloney looks to be returning for the Sharks as they travel north to take on the Broncos. Maloney’s hand does not look good though.
Joe Ofahengaue plead guilty to a spear tackle rubbing him out of Brisbane’s next three matches.
Jake Friend and Boyd Cordner will likely be back for the high flying clash between the Storm and Roosters. If the Rooster play like they did in that second half against the Eagles, they could be in for a long day.
By Nik Hatzi