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The Panthers could be forced to bid farewell to Viliame Kikau, with the star rower expecting big offers.
Meanwhile, an ex-Titan is on the hunt for a new club, but his high asking price would scare off any suitors.
Des Hasler has provided an update on the future of utility Manly Dylan Walker, while the Knights are set to lock star outside fullback Enari Tuala for a new deal.
Elsewhere, a Storm star has revealed just how close he is to signing with the Eels.
Read on for all the latest transfer whispers from the NRL.
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PANTHERS CAN BE FORCED TO Farewell KIKAU
The Panthers could be forced to lose Viliame Kikau as the star rower aims for a salary worth $ 800,000 or more per season.
Kikau is out of contract at the end of next season, which means he can start trading with his rivals from November 1.
His manager, George Christodoulou, said Corp Newsthat his client is looking for a salary of $ 800,000, but that he could also attract offers around $ 1 million.
“For me, I say it must be over $ 800,000, but its price could go up to $ 1 million,” Christodoulou said.
“If the Titans paid seven figures for David Fifita, someone could fall in love with Kiks and pay him too. He is 26 years old. If someone wants to throw buckets, you have to take them. It’s so fierce in the NRL these days.
“Penrith wants to re-sign him, but it remains to be seen whether that will be enough to do so or not.”
However, the australian Brent Read thinks that if Kikau wants that kind of money, he might have to change the code, which wouldn’t be too difficult given that his agent also managed Semi Radradra.
“Pete Badel made a story with his agent saying he wants $ 800,000 (to $ 1 million) for him. I don’t know if it’s… like the Cowboys are one of the clubs really interested in Kikau, but I would be stunned if the Cowboys were to go over $ 800,000 a year for him, ”Read said. Triple M.
“If he wants $ 1million he will probably have to go to rugby union and his agent has rugby connections. So if Kikau is looking for that kind of money, he won’t be in the NRL.
“I don’t think anyone will pay him $ 1 million, but he’s definitely in the $ 800,000 and over category.”
Kikau currently earns $ 700,000 at Penrith and his salary will increase to $ 750,000 next season. Christodoulo has confirmed to News Corp that Kikau’s first preference is to stay with the Panthers, but Read believes the club may have to make a tough call on the Fijian forward.
“They have (Penrith) a few bullets in the air,” he said.
“They have Dylan Edwards to re-sign, Api Koroisau, they re-signed Moses Leota. “They have kids coming (too) so I suspect Penrith almost puts up her hand and says ‘if we want to develop this team we can’t spend that kind of money on Viliame Kikau’.”
PEACHEY’S FUTURE IN THE AIR AMID A DEMANDED GRAND PRIZE
Tyrone Peachey is on the hunt for a new club after the Titans confirmed this week he will not be re-signed.
The utility would be a handy pickup for any club given that it can cover the halves, rear, center, hooker, second row, and lock. He has 179 NRL games of experience and also played State of Origin in 2018.
The 30-year-old had been linked with the Raiders, Tigers and Broncos – but Australian Brent Read said Triple M the Broncos won’t chase him.
Read also revealed that Peachey’s “sky-high” asking price of $ 400,000 per season could be what scares the clubs.
“It’s a really interesting situation, Tyrone Peachey, he’s another guy looking for an opportunity in the NRL,” Read said.
“He was offered to Canberra, he was offered to the Wests Tigers and I think those two clubs are monitoring the situation.
“I think right now his asking price is a little outrageous, he’s asking for something like three years for $ 1.2 million, $ 400,000 and I think the clubs are reluctant to pay him that.
“It will probably depend on whether he drops the asking price as to where he lands and who is willing to fork out anywhere near that amount of money for Tyrone Peachey.
“I’m sure something is going to happen over the next few weeks, he’s a good player, but he probably won’t get what he’s looking for.”
HOW STORM STAR ALMOST BECAME AN EEL
Christian Welch has revealed that if it hadn’t been for a serious injury, he would have signed with the Eels.
Welch is in his seventh season with the Storm and was part of their winning team in 2020.
However, the 27-year-old said The Sydney Morning Heraldthat he was set to sign a three-year contract with Parramatta to be in 2020, only for the club to withdraw the offer after suffering an ACL injury.
“I was actually about to sign,” Welch said.
“I made my decision on a Thursday, I was driving to the airport, I called my manager and I said, ‘Let’s do it early next week’.
“I went to Brisbane, played the Broncos on Friday night and did my ACL. Parra’s offer was then withdrawn, which was understandable.
“But I liked Parramatta and the direction they were heading in was really positive. It was really exciting. My brother lives in Sydney. It was going to be a new challenge.
“I was the same age as Clint Gutherson and I played against Mitch Moses in the Under-20s. They seemed to be good guys.
“It ended up being a win-win to be fair. Parramatta signed with Reagan Campbell-Gillard, which was excellent for them, and I ended up staying in Melbourne and was lucky enough to win a prime ministerial post.
Welch’s contract with the Storm expires at the end of 2022, which means he can present his rivals’ offers from November 1.
He hopes to one day return home to Queensland, but for now he wants to stay with the Storm.
“I would love to stay in Melbourne,” he said.
“Next year is my ninth year with the club and I have made some very long friendships here, including Cam Munster, who is one of my best friends.
“In the offseason I would like to sort out my future so that I can then focus on 2022. Being a boy from Brisbane there is definitely a call to come home, but whether it’s my next contract or end of my footy career … I will end up in Brisbane at some point, it’s just a matter of when.
UPDATE ON THE FUTURE MANLY OF REBORN STAR
Sea Eagles coach Des Hasler opened up about the future of utility star Dylan Walker following his side’s 42-6 semi-final win over the Roosters.
After a few injury-prone years, Walker moved up from fifth place this season to Kieran Foran, before also losing his central spot to a combination of Brad Parker and Morgan Harper.
However, Walker made the most of his opportunities as a utility scoring four tries in 18 games in 2021, the most he’s played since his second season at Manly in 2017.
The 26-year-old was once again a common thread on the bench for the Sea Eagles against the Roosters and Hasler revealed negotiations are underway to keep Walker at the club.
“We are in negotiations,” Hasler said.
“He played well tonight, playing his 100th game for the club.
“He adapted very well, he’s just a real footballer, Dylan.
“He plays a lot of positions, he plays in the middle, he gives us that very good serve in the middle and he has a lot of experience.”
However, Hasler predicted that Walker’s future at the club will be in the utilitarian role he’s appropriated for himself at the end of the year, which could mean he may have to move on. he wants a starting position.
“He’s been playing it for six or seven weeks … he will play it in the future,” Hasler said.
“He has that utilitarian value in him. “
Walker has scored 64 tries and 340 points in 162 games for the Rabbitohs and Sea Eagles since his debut in 2013 and won a premier with Souths in 2014.
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KNIGHTS LOCKED IN FLYER
The Newcastle Knights are set to hire breakout winger Enari Tuala on a new contract extension.
The Newcastle Herald have reported that the Knights are in extensive negotiations with Tuala in an effort to keep him at the club for the long term.
Tuala had an impressive hat trick for the Knights in their season-ending loss to the Eels in the playoff final last week.
The Knights recently confirmed the exits of Connor Watson, Blake Green, Josh King and Gehamat Shibasaki, with Phoenix Crossland, Tex Hoy, Jack Johns, Edrick Lee and Tuala also out of contract and in danger of being forced out of the club.
However, Tuala was the only member of the Knights’ playoff squad to lose to the Eels who was not signed next season.
The 22-year-old scored 13 tries in 25 games for the Knights in his best NRL season of 2021 and has been a revelation since moving to the wing in the 20th round.
The Knights lack real finishers, which is a good sign for Tuala to extend his stay at Newcastle.
Tuala has scored 26 tries in 63 NRL games for the Cowboys and Knights since his debut in 2017.
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