The Raiders are preparing to drop a huge deal for star forward Joe Tapine before he hits the open market on November 1.
Jake Turpin is in the cold after the Broncos confirmed he would not be at the club next season, while a potential suitor denied interest in his services.
Meanwhile, the Broncos are set to give Kobe Hetherington a pay rise in a bid to ward off NRL rivals and Eels star Will Penisini is open to a move to the union. rugby.
Read on for all the latest NRL transfer whispers.
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CANBERRA ALL IN
Raiders wrecking ball Joe Tapine is at his career best and about to be rewarded with a monster new contract.
Canberra officials are reportedly preparing a four-year deal worth over $3million to retain the Kiwi star.
Tapine, 28, is under contract until the end of 2023, meaning rival clubs can submit offers from November 1.
But Canberra have no intention of leaving their best player on the open market, with Green Machine officials ready to strike.
“The Raiders are about to ramp this up,” Dave Riccio said of Triple M.
“I understand Joey Tapine’s management will be flying to Canberra next week for high profile talks regarding a contract extension for Tapine to remain with the Raiders. I expect a contract of around four years here on guys and that would be important because we know how influential he has been for them this year.
Tapine, who has played 159 NRL games and represented New Zealand 11 times, is expected to become one of the game’s highest-paid strikers.
“I think around the $750,000 to $800,000 mark for him,” Mark Geyer said.
“You are right MG, it will be there absolutely.”
BRONCOS HOOKER IN THE NRL WILDERNESS
Jake Turpin is in the cold after the Broncos confirmed he would not be at the club next season, while the Knights denied interest in his services.
Newscorp reported Turpin won’t be with the Broncos next season, while the Knights denied they would make a play to lure him to the Hunter.
The Broncos are poised to invest in starters Billy Walters and Cory Peace as well as rising rookie Blake Mozer as their dummy options move forward.
Broncos coach Kevin Walters has confirmed that Turpin is not part of the club’s long-term plans and will not be offered a new contract in 2022.
“At the moment unfortunately there is nothing for Jake with us for next year,” Walters told Newscorp.
“The reality is that it was going to be difficult to keep Jake.
“We have Billy (Walters) and Cory Peace in our team at the moment, although you would like to keep all your players, with the salary cap it is difficult.
“‘Turps’ has played big games for the Broncos, and he’s good in those small areas of effort, especially on defense, but with our roster, we’re out of hooker spots.”
Knights director of football Peter Parr has poured cold water on reports that Newcastle are targeting Turpin as a replacement for Jayden Brailey.
“He’s a whole-hearted player but his name hasn’t been mentioned to me at all (by head of recruiting Clint Zammit) so we have no intention of signing him,” Parr said.
The 25-year-old has scored four tries in 56 games for the Broncos since making his debut in 2018 and won the club’s most consistent player award last season.
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EELS STAR OPEN TO CODE SWITCH
Eels youngster Will Penisini is open to a move to rugby union in the future as the club look to lock him down for a long-term extension.
Newscorp reported that Penisini, who played rival code at school with Roosters star Joseph Suaalii at Kings College, has not closed the door on a possible move to the 15-man game in the future.
“I’m not closing the door on rugby union,” Penisini told News Corp.
“At the moment I’m happy with where I am at Parramatta and I’m loving rugby league at the moment. I’m only at the start of my career and I want to build my game and focus on consistent footy for Parramatta and try not to look too far ahead of the decision between rugby league or rugby union.
The Eels are already trying to extend Penisini beyond his current contract, which expires in 2023.
The 20-year-old center has scored seven tries in 25 games for the Eels since making his debut in 2021 and has already had one Test for Tonga, for whom he is likely to play at the World Cup.
BRONCOS UP OFFER TO YOUNG GUN AS RIVALS CIRCLE
The Broncos lock Kobe Hetherington on the verge of a massive pay rise as Brisbane aim to stave off approaches from rival clubs for his services.
Newscorp reported that Hetherington is set to earn a $200,000-a-year pay rise as the club aims to lock him in on a two-year extension.
However, it is believed that Hetherington, who leaves for Brisbane in the absence of the suspended Patrick Carrigan, could command upwards of $300,000 on the open market.
Hetherington is a versatile striker who can cover the back line, front line and hooker, without running out of clubs wanting a player of his ability.
The 23-year-old has scored three tries in 33 games for the Broncos since making his debut in 2021 and has been a mainstay in Kevin Walters’ pack rotation this season.
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