Marions star Ben Hunt is not short of suitors amid reports the Gold Coast Titans are set to launch a bold bid for his services.
News Corporation It has been revealed that the Titans are considering a move to lure the Dragons captain north from the 2023 season.
The Titans are believed to be one of six clubs looking to secure Hunt’s services from at least the 2024 campaign.
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However, given that he is not out of contract with the Dragons until the end of next season, the Titans will have to wait until November 1 to make an official offer.
It was reported last week that Hunt is set to sign a two-year contract with St George until the end of 2025.
St George Illawarra chief executive Ryan Webb said: “We have started the process to extend Ben, and we are very hopeful of keeping him at the club for the long term.”
He is an important person on the field and has a great influence on it.
Behind closed doors, before the countdown began, Hunt, who was leading the Dally M race, said:
In the year A mammoth five-year deal worth more than $5 million with the Dragons in 2017.
The 32-year-old has established himself as one of the top players in the competition after making it back to Origin this year.
The party was well and truly over when Hunt ran away with a long-range and game-winning try in the opening decider in Brisbane last month.
But considering his age, it is believed to be a little compromised.
If Hunt signs with the Titans, he could line up at fly-half alongside another key signing in Kieran Foran.
The New Zealand international has signed a two-year deal which is said to be worth $400,000 per season.
Before entering into contract negotiations, Hunt said he was happy to play under “the right coach” in Anthony Griffin.
“It’s no secret that I enjoy coaching under Hook (Anthony Griffin),” Hunt said.
“I know we’ve had some setbacks in the last two games but we’ve got the right foundations in place – and we’ve got the right coach.
“I’m enjoying my time at the club and I’m enjoying myself. I know I’m at the end of my career and I want to win (the Premiership).
“My manager will meet with the club next week so we will see what happens. I still think I have at least three years of walking left in me. I’m contracted for next year, and after that I need two more.
“I’ve been lucky with injuries. I see no reason why I can’t go until at least the end of 2025.
RABBITOHS to launch bid for Manly enforcement.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs are reportedly in the running to secure the signature of Sea Eagles prop Martin Taupoun for the 2023 season.
As a zero tackle, the club believes Taupa will be a suitable replacement for prop Mark Nicholls, who joins the Dolphins for the first time.
The Browns are set to offer the 32-year-old a two-year deal that will keep him at South Sydney until the end of the 2024 season.
The Eels were close to locking in Taupau for the rest of the season, but the Sea Eagles opted to disrupt the move in a last-ditch bid to secure a place in the top eight in the finals.
If Taupa joins the Rabbitohs in the 2023 season, he will add to the club’s depth at forwards, joining the likes of Thomas Burgess, Liam Knight, Tevita Tatola, Davy Moale and Daniel Suluka-Fifita.
With the Manly prop now in the final stages of his career, a two-year deal with South Sydney could be his last in the NRL.
With the Dolphins expressing interest in Taupau, the experienced prop wants to play for a club in Sydney.