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Transfer Whispers, Lachlan Ilias, Rabbitohs, Matt Lodge, Storm, Roosters, Latrell Micthell, Damien Cook, contracts

The Rabbitohs are set to lock down young playmaker Lachlan Elias to an extension as the club struggle to keep hold of four out-of-contract spinners.

Meanwhile, Matt Lodge is reportedly close to rejoining his former club the Storm as he bids to extend his contract at the Roosters through 2023 and beyond.

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The southpaw is close to locking the gun amid star trio Tox.

The Rabbitohs are close to locking down halfback Lachlan Elias on an extension as they battle to keep hold of spine stars Latrell Mitchell, Damien Cook and Cody Walker.

Elias is signed until the end of 2023, but like Cook, Mitchell and Walker are free to negotiate with NRL rivals from November 1.

Elias is another member of the star-studded Southern Spine and Brent Rip has revealed to Triple M that he is close to signing an extension with the club.

“I expect a decision on his future this week,” said Read on Triple M.

“The club are waiting for Bright Anastasio as their manager and they are expecting Breez to come back to them this week.

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Lachlan Elias is close to an extension with the Rabbitohs.Source: Daily Telegraph

“They have asked him for a contract extension. I expect Lachlan Elias to stay.

“They’ve been talking to him and Brett for a while about extending the deal.

“One year left.

“They’re desperate to keep him, but Damien Cook, Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker are out of contract at the end of next year so they’re running a little bit.

“I think they think they can keep it all.”

The 22-year-old has scored 5 tries in 21 games since his debut in 2021.

Latrell Mitchell and three other south spinners are out of contract at the end of 2023.Source: Getty Images

Lodge offered to join the storm

Matthew Lodge was reportedly close to rejoining former club Stortford before deciding to sign a short-term deal with the Roosters.

The Daily Telegraph’s Brent Ripp reports on Triple M that Lodge has spoken to Craig Bellamy about returning to the club he played for in NYC in 2013 and 2014.

“Lodge is close to the Storm this week which is exciting because not only is it his old club, but he was very, very close to going back there,” Read told Triple M.

“He was weighing chickens and waves this year.

“I think he spoke to Craig Bellamy a couple of times.

“Don’t go to the leadership team in the storm and bring it back.

“He was so close to going to Melbourne and they went to the Roosters and it was unbelievable for the Roosters.

“I don’t think everyone is in favor of the hurricane.

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Matt Lodge could extend his stay at the Roosters.Source: Submitted

“I don’t think everyone was on board but it was very close to happening.

“He actually talked to Craig a couple of times about going back there.”

Read Lodge won’t be worth the salary cap next year, making it easier for the roster to sign him long-term, with both sides looking to extend his marriage.

“The big thing now is whether the Roosters keep him for next year,” Read said.

“There was a notional value on him in the NRL. It was $20,000 a game.

“The Roosters aren’t paying him much, but his salary cap value is more than that. It became $18,000 per game.

But I don’t think there’s any national value thrown at him next year, so if you want to keep him, that makes it a lot easier.

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“He was paid by the Warriors, so he got the money from the Warriors for next year.

“I think the Roosters are keen to keep him if they can and Lodge are keen to stay so it’s a good starting point.

The 27-year-old has scored five tries in 96 games for the Tigers, Broncos, Warriors and Roosters since his NRL debut in 2014.

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