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Transfer Whispers, Jacob Liddle, St George Illawarra Dragons, Andrew McCullough, Murray Taulagi re-signs with the Cowboys, Corey Oates million-dollar extension, Brisbane Broncos, Pasam Saulo signs with Raiders

The Dragons are considering making a play for the Tigers whore, as the Patriot ponders the future of playing.

A Tigers-Panthers swap deal could be on the cards with three clubs interested in bringing Super League star Brodie Croft back to the NRL.

The Cowboys are set to re-sign a young gun winger who made his debut with the Maroons earlier this year.

The Raiders have reportedly secured the signing of the Knights’ pro, and the Broncos veteran could put pen to paper on a million-dollar extension.

Read this week’s transfer gossip below!

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Dragon Hunt New Tigers HOOKER

The Dragons continue to search for an answer at half-back, with Tigers winger Jacob Liddle now reportedly on their list.

Out of contract at the end of 2023 – there are questions over the future of St George’s veteran ruckman Andrew McCullough, who is considering hanging up his boots at the end of the current campaign.

David Riccio told Triple M Radio: “There was some discussion about whether Andrew would be finished at the end of this season.

“I told you the Dragons see Wests Tigers hooker Jacob Liddle as the answer to half their problems.”

The Dragons are said to be interested in roster youngster Sam Verrills, but he is now under contract to join the Titans next season.

Riccio believes the Dragons don’t have the salary cap space to make a play for a superstar whore like Harry Grant.

“St George Illawarra doesn’t have a salary cap to get a big place. It’s like a footy club. You can only buy Jacob Lidl’s.

The returned child

Three NRL clubs have reportedly been linked with Salford star and former Storm and Broncos player Brodie Croft.

Croft was regarded as one of the up-and-coming playmakers in the ranks but his NRL career ended prematurely after 64 games following disappointing spells in Melbourne and Brisbane.

But the scrum-half has been on fire for the Red Devils in the Super League, which has seen three NRL clubs inquire about his services, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Croft, 25, is contracted until the end of next season, but he didn’t rule out coming home on a podcast last week.

“It was great to come and play with these guys and find a love for the game that I lost a little bit at the end of last year,” he said.

“I’m not going to say no (to the NRL) or close the door or anything but I’m not looking too far ahead either.

“I thought I was going to finish my career in Brisbane. That was my mindset and it didn’t happen.

“I’m just focusing on now and with the joy I bring back to my game, whatever happens can happen.”

A Tiger-Panthers swap deal is on the cards

Wests Tigers utility Tyrone Peachey could return to the Panthers in a swap for Charlie Staines, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Steens had a strong start to his NRL career with the Panthers after making 202 starts, but fell down the pecking order and played just 13 games this season.

The 21-year-old has been told he can talk to rivals as Penrith tries to free up some space, but clubs are said to be covering his $400,000 asking price.

Peachy has been playing mostly in the reserves since joining the Tigers from the Titans last year.

He has only played eight games this season and is frustrated by the lack of minutes.

The Cowboys starting gun extension is placed among the key signatures

The Cowboys are set to wrap up another of their re-signing priorities as Queensland winger Murray Taulagy is set to sign an extension.

According to rugby league reporter Brent Rip on Triple M, the Cowboys are close to locking up Taulagi, which will turn their attention to two key players.

“Murray Taulagy has played a starting role this year and is one of the real standout players for the Cowboys this year,” Read told Triple M.

“The Cowboys have been flying up the ladder and have a lot of blocks they need to re-sign right now.

“Reese Robson and Jeremiah Nanai are the big ones, but they are close to re-signing Murray Taulagi.

“That will be one more off the list and then they can focus on Nene and Robson, which is good news for the Cowboys.”

The 23-year-old has scored 26 tries in 52 games for the Cowboys since debuting in 2019 and has one start for Queensland in 2022.

Taulagi is set to sign an extension to stay with the Cowboys. Picture NRL photosSource: Submitted

RAIDERS hit back

Ricky Stewart’s Raiders are reportedly poaching the Knights’ suitor on a two-year deal after Newcastle swooped for Adam Elliott.

Passami Salo, 24, has played 26 NRL games since his debut in 2018 and is set to move to the nation’s capital from 2023, according to WWOS.

At 190cm tall, the statuesque prop has featured 10 times for Adam O’Brien this season but faces stiff competition in the Knights’ forward pack.

Saulo will face Klemmer, Daniels and Jacob Saifiti, Frizzell and new recruits Jack Hetherington and Adam Elliott if he stays in the hunt.

But with a trip to Canberra, Salo will be eager to cement a regular first-class spot.

Salo played for the Australian schoolboys in 2016 before joining the Knights’ junior ranks.

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The Broncos star’s three-year extension is set to be inked.

Reborn Broncos wing Corey Oates is set to sign a three-year extension worth $1 million with Red Hill.

Rugby league reporter Brent Read on Triple M reports that Oates is set to remain loyal to the Broncos on a reduced deal despite interest from rival clubs including the Dolphins.

“The deal is for another three years and it’s clear he’s out of contract at the end of this year,” Read told Triple M.

“I think another three years for Corey Oates and I will be about a million dollars.

“It gives him the opportunity to become the highest try scorer in Broncos history.

“Signing for a further three years will give him the chance to finish his career as a leading try-scorer.

“Corey Oates is one of the great renaissances this year. He is about to go out to pasture.

“They were prepared to buy it locally and release it. But he has played Origin again and had a fantastic year so it’s a good result for Corey and the club and will keep him at the club he loves for a long time.

The 27-year-old has scored 118 tries in 191 games for the Broncos since debuting in 2013 and played 9 Origins for Queensland.

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