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Transfer Whispers, Jock Madden, panthers, Jake Clifford, Knights, Ethan Bullemor, Sea Eagles, contracts

Cavaliers quarterback Jake Clifford is considering getting out of his contract early, and the Panthers’ relationship with Joe Madden is heating up.

Meanwhile, Manly striker Ethan Bullemore is considering a shock career move.

Read on for all the NRL transfer gossip.

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Manly star eye shock career move

Forward Ethan Bullemore is reportedly considering an early retirement from rugby league to pursue a career in finance.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Bullemore is cutting his rugby league career short to take up a job as a fund manager in Sydney.

The 22-year-old has scored four tries in 34 NRL games since debuting for the Broncos in 2020, including nine since moving to Manly this season.

The versatile back-rower is a bright kid away from football and may choose to use his skills and knowledge of the financial sector rather than his prowess on the sporting field.

Bullemore is contracted to Manly until the end of the 2023 season, but is being considered to retire at the end of the 2022 season to make a shock switch.

The promising forward has struggled for consistent opportunities at Manly but with Andrew Davey moving on at the end of the season and Josh Schuster moving to five-eighth, Bullemore could be a key player for Des Hasler next year.

Haumole Olakau’atu and Ben Trbojevic will play as key rivals next season, but Bullemore could opt to trade them all in finance.

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Ethan Bullemore could be set for an early retirement from rugby league.Source: Getty Images

The first exit of the knights player eye

Out-of-favour Knights player Jake Clifford is reportedly considering cutting his stay at Newcastle short.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Clifford could leave the club despite missing game time in 2022, despite being under contract until 2023.

The 24-year-old has scored 11 tries and 187 points in 67 games since his NRL debut for the Cowboys in 2018, but will only manage 12 games in 2022.

Given their success and depth in the half, Clifford appears no potential destination with the Cowboys unlikely to return.

Complicating the waiver claim for Clifford is the fact that the Cavaliers will lose Anthony Milford to the Dolphins next year, while Phoenix Crosland remains unsigned.

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If the Cavaliers didn’t get Luke Brooks, they would be mad to let Clifford go without getting anything in return.

Clifford will go on to start for the Knights next year, but has struggled for form in 2022 and has fallen behind Milford and Adam Clune.

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Jake Clifford is reportedly eyeing a release.Source: Getty Images

Panthers Eye Tigers Half Amid Player Logjam

Reports are mounting amid a playmaker logjam in Concord that Tigers quarterback Jock Madden is set to join the Panthers.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Panthers have emerged as a possible landing spot for Madden and that a move to Penrith is becoming more likely as there is little interest elsewhere.

Madden is the Tigers’ first half after injuries to Jackson Hastings and Luke Brooks, but remains unsigned beyond 2022.

The 24-year-old has scored two tries in 13 appearances for the Tigers since his start in 2021, but has managed just 10 appearances in his contract year in 2022.

Madden has been linked with the Dolphins, but the signings of Sean O’Sullivan and Isaiah Catowan from the Panthers and Milford have left them well stocked in the halves.

That leaves a vacancy at the Panthers but the only issue is Madden is looking for more NRL game time and barring injury he wins; He didn’t beat Nathan Curry and Jarome Lue to first place.

Jock Madden meets the Panthers.Source: Getty Images

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