The Tigers have reportedly granted utility Tyrone Peachey the opportunity to negotiate with rival clubs, while a former Blues playmaker’s overseas stint in coming to an early end.
Meanwhile, Origin Game II firms as a showcase for a number of off-contract stars ready to negotiate from November 1.
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ORIGIN CONTRACT SHOWCASE
A staggering 15 players in the squads for Origin Game II could hit the open market on November 1, giving over $10 million worth of talent a platform to showcase their worth.
Players themselves are aware what a strong performance in the Origin arena can do for their valuation, as rival clubs weight up a lucrative bid for some of the game’s biggest stars.
Daniel Tupou. Ben Hunt, Victor Radley, Jeremiah Nanai, Siosifa Talakai, Thomas Flegler, Selwyn Cobbo, Cameron Munster, Murray Taulagi, Brian To’o, Liam Martin and Stephen Crichton are all free to negotiate from November 1.
Meanwhile, Matt Burton’s final season in 2024 is an option in his favour and Angus Crichton’s contract situation is yet to be resolved.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, one player agent labelled the feeding frenzy “unrivalled” with so many talented players rarely on the market at the same time.
“It’s unrivalled the amount of star players coming off contract at the one time,” said one leading player agent.
“They are some of the biggest names in rugby league.
“Clubs have started talking about November 1 and who they may target.
“Some clubs won’t have the cash to chase but others are moving around their cap as we speak to ensure there is space to go after a big name once some of these players hit the open market in a few months.”
The Panthers will be hoping to lock down three stars for the long-term, while Cameron Munster’s contract saga firms as one of the biggest storylines in recent NRL memory.
After re-signing Hughes, Grant, Coates and Papenhuyzen long-term, Munster is said to have to take a pay-cut to remain in Melbourne.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins have entered the frame and are looking to secure a marquee recruit to play under Wayne Bennett.
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REYNOLDS RETURNS HOME
Former Blues representative Josh Reynolds has reportedly been granted immediate release from his contract with Hull FC.
According to Hull Daily Mail, the 33-year-old has been in talks with Hull powerbrokers for a mid-season exit, with five months still remaining on his current deal.
Hull FC players were reportedly informed of their marquee man’s exit on Saturday, bringing an end to a underwhelming spell abroad.
Reynolds was said to be the club’s highest-paid player in history but has been unable to fire in the Super League, with a under-par performance against the Catalans Dragons being the final straw for bosses according to reports.
The former Bulldogs and Tigers playmaker had a one-year option for the end of this season but was not going to be offered an extension.
During Hull’s 2022 campaign, Reynolds has spent extended periods on the sidelines due to injury and since arriving has only played 60 per cent of the club’s fixtures.
PEACHEY’S TIGERS EXIT
The Wests Tigers have granted out of favour utility Tyrone Peachey the opportunity to negotiate with NRL rivals after his management requested permission to explore his options.
The Daily Telegraph reported the Tigers will allow Peachey to find another club despite having 18 months remaining on his two-year deal with the club.
The 30-year-old was signed by the Tigers after the Titans chose not to extend his three year stay on the Gold Coast.
However, Peachey has struggled for game time under former coach Michael Maguire and now interim coach Brett Kimmorley at the Tigers.
Peachey has scored one try in just eight games for the club this season, with most of those appearances coming off the bench.
Director of football Tim Sheens has adopted a development strategy in a bid to turn the club around by focusing on their impressing juniors coming through the ranks.
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The former representative player’s career is now at a crossroads as he bids to find more game time at an NRL rival ahead of the 2022 finals series.
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It remains to be seen if Peachey would be open to exploring opportunities in the Super League if an NRL club doesn’t emerge for the veteran.
However, at his best Peachey is an excellent utility and can add depth and skill for an NRL team making looking to bolster its bench options ahead of the finals and into next season.