Addin Fonua-Blake’s imminent departure has freed up space for Manly to target two players to fill the void.
There’s a revelation out of the Storm regarding Josh Addo-Carr’s future.
Meanwhile, a Cowboys premiership winner is being chased by three Sydney clubs.
Read on for all the latest NRL Transfer whispers.
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Josh Addo-Carr’s bid to quit the Storm to take up a deal in Sydney has taken a hit.
The Storm say they’ll only release Addo-Carr if they get a like-for-like replacement.
The Bunnies showed interest, with the Storm attempting to engineer a swap which would see Alex Johnston or Campbell Graham go the other way.
Neither player was keen, and the Tigers have been reluctant to release any of their outside backs – David Nofoaluma and Tommy Talau have been mentioned – in exchange for the NSW Origin winger.
“We have spoken to the club he wants to go to and inquired about a couple of players and they have fobbed us off,” Storm CEO Dave Donaghy told media on Wednesday.
“It is their prerogative but it’s not helpful in trying to achieve an outcome for Josh.”
MANLY TARGET DUO AFTER FONUA-BLAKE EXIT REQUEST
In light of prop Addin Fonua-Blake’s request for a release to likely join the Warriors, Manly will now have some extra cash up their sleeve and are already eyeing two new signings.
The Daily Telegraph’s Dave Riccio reported the Sea Eagles will turn their attention to luring unwanted Bulldog Kieran Foran home to the Northern Beaches.
“Already I’m hearing names like Kieran Foran in a potential comeback to the club and also Luke Garner from the Wests Tigers with reports surfacing this evening that he could also be a target,” Riccio said.
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Foran has been linked to reduced deals at the Knights, Sea Eagles and Broncos since his season was ended prematurely after tearing his pectoral in Round 17.
Manly’s salary cap is unbalanced and in a precarious position due to the $3.6 million they have tied up annually in the Trbojevic brothers, skipper Daly Cherry-Evans and Marty Taupau.
Garner will be a tougher proposition because he is signed to the Tigers until the end of 2022.
However Tigers coach Michael Maguire has salary cap pressures of his own and may look to offload the rising back-rower to free up extra cap space.
NRL: Paul Kent says Addin Fonua-Blake’s response following a request to leave Manly is ‘dumb’ and ‘immature’.
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Cowboys enforcer John Asiata is being chased by three Sydney based clubs after informing North Queensland that he is quitting the club.
The 27-year-old has played 127 games for the Cowboys since his debut in 2014 and won a premiership with the club in 2015.
The versatile back-rower can also cover prop, five-eighth and centre, but his path to his favourite position of lock at the Cowboys is blocked by Dally M Medallist Jason Taumalolo.
The Courier Mail reported Asiata has been in talks with incoming Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett about a move to Belmore, while his management have also been in contact with the Eels and the Dragons.
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Barrett is believed to be a big fan of Asiata’s creativity and toughness as he aims to improve the Bulldogs’ spluttering attack in his first season in charge in 2021.
The Cowboys veteran was mooted as a possible target at the Titans, before they signed forward trio David Fifita, Herman Ese’ese and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui.
Asiata has also been linked to the Broncos, but given the number of promising forwards on their books and the fact Brisbane have put recruitment-and-retention talks on hold until they finalise a new coach, that is an unlikely landing spot.
Originally published as Storm ‘fobbed off’ by rivals seeking Foxx swap; Manly’s sneaky Foran bid: Transfer Whispers