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The Rabbitohs are set to re-sign a trio of stars to keep the club’s spine long-term.

Meanwhile, doubts have been cast over Reese Walsh’s future and a mid-season switch could be on the cards.

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Walsh’s potential mid-season switch

Warriors star Reece Walsh’s future is in question after interim coach Stacey Jones swung the axe, dropping the starlet to the bench.

The New Zealand club, who have signed with the Broncos until 2023, are looking to give other players more starting time.

As it stands, Walsh’s role is likely to be reduced following a 19th-round selection, and Michael Karayanis of the Daily Telegraph has made a big suggestion.

Players have until the Aug. 1 deadline to make midseason moves — and Walsh could be the perfect candidate to make a short-term switch to the Panthers in 2021 as Tevita Pangai Jr.

Karaiannis told SEN 1170: “If that’s the case, I think this is the first sign that Reese is going to leave the club if they are looking into it.

“We have two weeks until August 1st, is there a way to save some money and send it to Brisbane early?

“I don’t have any correspondence on that, but if they don’t want to play him, he’s probably out of requirements for the rest of the year.”

Meanwhile, Craig Bellamy has a major Fulbara headache on his hands after Ryan Papenhuizen’s season-ending knee injury.

Andrew Voss asked if Walsh could be a smoker to link up with the Hurricanes for the rest of the season.

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“What about meeting Melbourne? Ryan Papenhuizen is out injured,” Vos said.

“He’s completely out of left field and is stirring a bit of a pot, but can Melbourne take on Walsh like Penrith did with Tevita Pangai Jr last season?”

Grant Anderson is due to return in round 19, but an elbow injury suffered weeks ago has forced Bellamy to admit the club are looking for recruits.

Several injuries to their outside backs have left the likes of Ramis Smith and George Jennings walking, meaning the Storm Chiefs may need more coverage.

“It’s not as crazy as it sounds because Melbourne is waiting for the outside back,” Karaianis said.

“They’ve made a lot of calls to a lot of clubs, good for them, it’s just someone who needs a home at the end of the year because they don’t have the numbers to get a first-choice fullback for a whole year.

“This is not out of the question.”

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Rabbitox is designed to protect the spine.

The Rabbitohs are confident of keeping a trio of players who are out of contract at the end of the 2023 season.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Latrell Mitchell, Cody Walker and Damien Cook will remain at Redfern – and the reason why Adam Reynolds was allowed to leave has been revealed.

Reynolds is set to leave the South Sydney club in 2021 and the Rabbitohs’ power brokers have agreed to free up cap space to re-sign their veteran half-back long-term.

Souths have been heavily criticized for letting Reynolds as well as Jayden Suah and Dane Gagai leave, but now the move is set to secure the club’s future.

Between Walker, 32, Cook, 31, and Mitchell, 25, the combined extensions are said to be worth around $6 million.

As it stands, South’s No.1 has been offered a three-year extension, while Cook and Walker have been offered two-year deals until the end of 2025.

According to reports, the extensions are not much yet, but the club is confident that the spine will remain intact for the next few years.

Hooker Damien Cook has previously revealed on the Fox League podcast that he is seeking a three-year extension, hoping to end his career at Redfern.

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“I want to finish my career here and I feel like I can play until I’m 35 or 36. I’d like three years and I’ll leave after that just to finish with South Sydney,” Cook told Fox League. Podcast

“I’m confident and very proud of how I look after myself and will definitely continue to deliver.

“I understand leaving the shirt in a good place, so I leave the club in a good place with the transfer of players.”

Reports suggest Walker and Cook could be given another extension if they continue to work towards the end of their new deals.

Cook was a late bloomer for the NRL, not becoming a first-grade regular until he was 25, meaning he could remain one of the competition’s elite into his mid-30s.

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“I feel good at the moment and maybe that’s because of the late start,” Cook said.

“Also, the transition from playing a lot of reserve grade when I was younger, my body was able to adapt to playing a lot with the boys.

“I haven’t been beaten in first grade since I was 18 and I’ve had no serious injuries in my career.

“I’m feeling great and I’m looking forward to finishing my career in South Sydney.”

Meanwhile, young gun Lachlan Elias is set to be handed a contract extension to remain Walker’s long-term halves partner.

Tigers are back on the bandwagon.

The Tigers were They could reunite their 2005 premiership-winning squad after former skipper Scott Prince offered to rejoin the struggling club.

Following the announcement that Shins would be taking over alongside Benji Marshall and Robbie Farah as assistants, Prince couldn’t help but reflect.

The 42-year-old, who is the only Tigers captain to have lifted the trophy, currently works as an assistant coach for the Broncos’ women’s team.

But now he has offered the service for 2023.

“The band is there — except for the drummer,” Prince told WWOS.

“What we did in 2005 was the highlight of my life and we are all brothers for life.

“I had a chat with Tim about what I could do at the club.

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“I still love the Tigers and it’s painful to see what they’ve been through over the last few years.

“I enjoy what I do at the Broncos and they’ve been good to me, but if the Tigers were to coach the halves or something, I’d definitely consider it.”

Prince backed Shane as a mentor to Marshall, who is set to take over as head coach in 2025.

“Tim is one of the smartest guys in football and Benji teaches a lot,” Prince said.

“It’s an exciting time and I think it will do well for the club.

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