NRL Round 26 - Mid Week Mail
A look at what’s going on around the grounds and how it might affect teams moving forward.
Signings, transfers and releases
Matt Moylan - Moylan is reportedly unhappy with the Panthers. The young Penrith skipper is taking time away from football to deal with mental health issues.
Further reports are suggesting this needed time away began off the back of a scathing halftime undressing by coach Anthony Griffin when the side played the Sea Eagles last year. Moylan was said to have felt embarrassed and felt on the outs ever since.
The Panthers are trying to make the most of their unsettled skipper. Word has leaked that Moylan could be involved in a trade with another unhappy star. That star, is James Maloney from Cronulla. A swap could be in the works if relationships aren’t repaired between the clubs and their respective stars.
James Graham - In what is no longer a secret, James Graham’s tenure at Belmore has come to a close. The outspoken Englishman is set to sign with the team he just helped knock out of finals contention, the Dragons.
The Dragons will pick up, up to $660,000 of Graham’s owed $1,000,000 salary. The Bulldogs will collect the rest.
This move should play a key role in letting the Bulldogs get their deals for Woods and Foran over the line.
Robbie Rochow - Tigers have continued 2018’s recruitment drive by signing a capable young forward in Robbie Rochow for 2 ears.
Suliasi Vunivalu & Josh Addo-Carr - Late last week, the Melbourne Storm solidified their backline by re signing try scoring mchines Sulias Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr. The pair managed to nab 41 meat pies throughout the season and will be looking at many more in years to come together.
Charlie Gubb - As predicted last week, bullocking Warriors forward Charlie Gubb has signed with the Canberra Raiders for the 2018 season. Gubb’s addition to the Green Machine adds even more starch to a front heavy pack.
Injuries and suspensions
Darius Boyd has been ruled out of Friday night’s blockbuster clash between the Broncos and the Roosters. The Broncos silent skipper has succumbed to a hamstring injury.
Brodie Croft, the Storm’s young back up halfback will miss the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury.
Retirement news: Anthony Tupou has officially called curtains on a tenured career with the Roosters, Sharks, Wildcats [super league] and Knights. Tupou retires with 11 test jerseys for Australia, one for Tonga and four origin matches for NSW.
Firing News: Michael McGuire, head coach of the South Sydney Rabbitohs has been fired from the club following a lacklustre 2017 campaign.
By Nik Hatzi