NRL Transfer news: Josh Addo-Carr to Bulldogs, Stephen Crichton, Penrith Panthers, Cameron McInnes, St George-Illawarra Dragons, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck


The Bulldogs have already made big moves in the off-season and their pursuit of Melbourne Storm star Josh Addo-Carr includes an interesting contract structure.

Cameron McInnes comes off-contract at the end of 2021 and there are reports he could test the open market as the Dragons weigh up just how much he is worth to them.

Meanwhile, the Panthers have reportedly made a move on in-demand centre Stephen Crichton.

In other updates, Nathan Brown has addressed the future of fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

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NRL 2020: Transfer Whispers, Josh Addo-Carr to the Knights, Gareth Widdop pay cut, NRL return


The Wests Tigers have pulled out of the race for Josh Addo-Carr but another club has entered it.

Meanwhile, Gareth Widdop is willing to make a huge salary sacrifice to return to the NRL.

Read on for the latest Transfer Whispers.

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NRL news: Wayne Bennett England coach, Josh Hodgson brutal spray video


Perhaps this is why Wayne Bennett put the kibosh on Karl Stefanovic’s plans to produce a behind-the-scenes documentary of this year’s Origin series.

The BBC has released a 70-minute look at the Great Britain Lions’ tour of Papua New Guinea and New Zealand in 2019 and we get to see the mastercoach deliver both barrels to Canberra Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson at a training session.

Unfortunately the documentary, named Once Were Lions, isn’t available to watch in Australia at this stage but one moment is already doing the rounds on social media.

‘Don’t f***ing do it!’

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Obviously frustrated with his number nine’s penchant for putting the ball on his boot, Bennett delivers a withering spray at Hodgson in front of his teammates.



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Josh Addo-Carr deal, Bulldogs, $2 million, Benji Marshall, Super League


Last season it was Latrell Mitchell, this season it’s Josh Addo-Carr’s contract saga that has drawn on as the Origin winger looks to secure his future.

The deal worked out well for Mitchell, coming into his own with the Rabbitohs, and it looks like it will be equally good for Addo-Carr who has reportedly been offered a big money contract in Sydney.

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Addo-Carr is still contracted to the Melbourne Storm for the 2021 season after the Storm released a statement that the flyer would remain with the defending champions for the 2021 season with his early release rescinded.

He had been putting feelers out in a move to Sydney to be closer to family, Addo-Carr was pursued by the Wests Tigers and Canterbury Bulldogs while South Sydney were also floated as a landing point.

Having made his debut for the Wests Tigers in 2016 before moving to the Storm, Addo-Carr has been forward about moving to fullback, with the position seen as a more lucrative position that on the wing.

But despite staying in Melbourne next year — with a rumoured upgrade to $375,000 for the season — Nine’s Danny Weidler posted on Twitter earlier this afternoon that Trent Barrett’s Bulldogs had put in a big offer — “above $2m” over four years from season 2022.

Barrett has been splashing the cash since being named the club’s coach, adding Nick Cotric, Kyle Flanagan, Matt Burton and potentially Addo-Carr in moves that would no doubt improve the club’s offensive prowess.

But it’s a brutal blow for the Tigers, who reportedly had a “heads of” agreement — essentially a drafted but, non-binding agreement.

Addo-Carr is one of the fastest players in the NRL and has scored 79 tries in just 105 matches, while being a mainstay of the NSW Origin set up and a Kangaroos representative.

It appears as though the ball is in the Tigers’ court.

BENJI REJECTS MONSTER DEAL

But Benji Marshall’s future is still up in the air as the former Wests Tigers player appears to be still on the lookout for a new club.

Having been told he was no longer required by the Tigers at the end of last year, Marshall was on the look out for another Sydney club so he may continue his media career with Fox Sports.

But interest has been limited with the North Queensland Cowboys and Cronulla Sharks only reportedly willing to offer $140,000 for his services.

Marshall was then reportedly offered a massive $A722,000 contract with Hull after former Tigers fullback and premiership teammate Brett Hodgson became the club’s head coach.

The deal would make Marshall the highest paid player in the UK’s Super League alongside Gareth Widdop.

NRL.com reported that Marshall had rejected the deal, wanting to stay in Australia.



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NRL 2020: ARLC meeting over contracts, players breaking contracts, Jason Saab, Addin Fonua-Blake, Josh Aloiai


The NRL is set to crack down on players breaking contracts to sign bigger deals with rival clubs.

It comes amid a number of situations where players have broken their existing deals, often citing family or personal reasons, and then signing with a rival club on an upgraded deal.

The Daily Telegraphreports the ARL Commission will meet on Wednesday to discuss a new rule which stipulates that if a player does break their existing contract for whatever reason, they must not sign with a rival for more money.

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Using Josh Aloiai merely as an example and not to suggest his concerns with the club weren’t legitimate, he requested a release from the final year of his Tigers contract to then take up a three-year offer from Manly. The new deal was reportedly worth much more than what he was earning at the Tigers. Under the new rule, Aloiai would receive the same salary for his first year at Manly that he would have received in his final contracted year with the Tigers.



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NRL 2020: Transfer Centre, Daley Copley to Broncos, signings tracker, Josh Aloiai, Joe Ofahengaue


New Broncos coach Kevin Walters has added some depth to his back line with the signing of Dale Copley on a one-year deal.

Copely returns to the Broncos, where he started his NRL career, after a one-year stint with the Roosters and a four-year stint with the Titans.

The 29-year-old made his NRL debut for Brisbane in 2009 and went on to play 72 games. He returns with 143 games worth of experience under his belt — something Broncos CEO Paul White is pleased to add to the squad.

“He is a product of our development system and a passionate Queenslander, and he will bring some leadership to our playing group,” White said.

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“Dale played some of his best footy in our Club colours, and I’m sure Broncos members and fans will love to see him back.”



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Essendon Bombers coy on prospect of drafting Josh Eyre


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Eyre had been keen to build on his bottom-age NAB League season but then COVID-19 hit and thwarted the plans of Victoria’s top footy talent.

“I’ve sort of used it as an opportunity to build up my body and build up my speed and strength,” Eyre said.

Eyre has had more luck than some other prospects though. A couple of years ago he felt disengaged at Kilmore’s Assumption College and wanted a change of scenery. He’d discovered the Alex Rance Academy, suited to kids who are passionate about sport and exercise. His final two years of high school have been spent at the academy, based in Essendon and where students run around Windy Hill where Eyre’s dad used to go watch the Bombers.

It’s also meant that as Eyre tries to enter the AFL, he’s had tutelage from one of the greatest key defenders of the generation.

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“Obviously a very busy man. When he did come in he was great,” Eyre said of Rance.

“He more focused on one-on-one contest work, because that’s his strength.”

Having finished school last week, Eyre is hoping to get into an exercise science course next year at Victoria University.

The school also opened Eyre’s eyes to Indigenous affairs. Issues he hadn’t previously considered started to filter into his mind.

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“We knew we had a little bit of Indigenous [blood], but we didn’t really look into it a whole lot,” he said.

“At school we do a lot of different topics on racism and stuff. We learned about Adam Goodes’ story. That made me a little bit more passionate about it, a little bit more interested in it.”

Come next Wednesday night, Eyre could be a Bomber. Not that the Dons’ recruiting department have been giving him any hints about where they expect a bid to come for the 197-centimetre endurance athlete.

“I haven’t really been told too much,” he said.

There is a sense of romance to the idea that he could be a long-term replacement for Daniher, who departed to Brisbane last month.

“I guess we are sort of similar in a way. I base my game off him. I feel like I have traits that he has and I feel like I reckon I could fill that role. When I watched him I thought I could do that sort of thing,” he said.

Essendon would be ideal, but Eyre knows there’s a chance it mightn’t work out. Hawthorn are coming to visit his family in Kilmore on Tuesday, and even the idea of a move interstate doesn’t turn him off.

“I’d 100 per cent be down. It’s the dream. I’d play anywhere. I just want to get that opportunity to be in that environment,” he said.

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NRL 2021: Cronulla Sharks, John Morris, future, contract, Shane Flanagan, Andrew Fifita, Shaun Johnson, Matt Moylan, Josh Dugan


Cronulla coach John Morris requested a new contract midway through last season, only for his wish for an extension rejected by the club as uncertainty over his future grows.

Morris has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal at the Sharks, and a report in the Sydney Morning Herald claims that the 40-year-old had already been told to focus on his current deal.

According to one Sydney Morning Herald source, Morris was told: “You came into the job with eyes wide open and knew the challenges you would be inheriting.”

They also pointed to the fact the club was unsure of his standing due to the fact the game had only just got back on the field after the COVID-19-enforced shutdown.

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NRL 2020: Transfer news; Josh Addo-Carr to Bulldogs, signings tracker, Gareth Widdop to Cowboys, Jahrome Hughes, Storm, Warriors


There may be no rugby league on our TV screens but there’s still plenty of action happening in the transfer market.

Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr has been spotted receiving the royal blue treatment in Belmore, while a rival club is ready to throw the cash at his teammate Jahrome Hughes.

Former Storm and Dragons star, Gareth Widdop could be on his way back to NRL with his management and current Super League club offering up his services.

Read on for the latest Transfer Whispers.

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Wests Tigers sign Brisbane Broncos forward Joe Ofahengaue after releasing Josh Aloiai to join Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles


The Wests Tigers have agreed a compensation fee with Manly for disgruntled prop Josh Aloiai’s immediate release after the joint venture signed Brisbane’s Joe Ofahengaue on a three-year deal.

Having been told he could expect to “mow the lawns at Leichhardt and Campbelltown and paint the sheds at Concord” to fulfil his contract after agitating for an early release to the Sea Eagles, Aloiai will replace Addin Fonua-Blake in Des Hasler’s pack.

The Tigers announced they had struck “an undisclosed commercial settlement” with Manly for Aloiai, who will take up a three-year deal on the northern beaches.

It avoided a potentially sticky situation after the club told Aloiai to report for pre-season training on Monday or be in breach of his Tigers contract.



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