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Transfer Whispers, player movements and contracts, Liam Martin contract upgrade, contract stalemate, off-contract, rival clubs, Penrith Panthers

Panthers are said to be battling up to five clubs to sign Origin full-back Liam Martin.

The 25-year-old rejected Penrith’s latest extension offer, meaning the Mountaineers have nine weeks to fend off their rivals, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Martin is out of contract after the 2023 season and the Dragons, Tigers, Hurricanes and Sharks have all registered their interest in the Barn Storm back.

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Meanwhile, Eels could come to the table if Isaiah Papali’i honors his Tigers contract and leaves Parramatta.

As it stands, Martin’s future hangs in the balance, and management has indicated that the Panthers have yet to tighten up and upgrade the offer.

Martin’s manager, Al Gainey, said: “It’s a bit of a sticking point for the club to be able to offer an upgrade at this stage.”

Martin and his management are reported to be in talks with Penrith Powerbrokers after Friday night’s clash with the Warriors.

A few days ago, Martin’s attempt to win was won by his team Rabbitohs 28-22.

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Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon is said to be an admirer of Martin, but Cronulla’s salary cap is said to be tight.

The Panthers may want to move the player to make room for a pay rise for Martin – while the club have to negotiate with Stephen Crichton and Brian Too.

Charlie Staines and Spencer Leneuve are two players who could do as Penrith desperately tries to retain their key supporters after a long journey.

Viliame Kikau, Apisai Koroisau, J’maine Hopgood and Sean O’Sullivan will all leave the Panthers, while Ivan Cleary will be responsible for filling the big holes left by key players.

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