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Brandon Smith’s contract saga has taken another turn as his manager crushes the claim that the race for the No.9 star is reduced to two clubs.
The Broncos have signed a former Australian schoolboy as part of a development deal for the 2022 season and the Panthers have given a star’s brother a lifeline from the NRL.
Meanwhile, Jahrome Hughes manager has revealed the kind of deal he’s looking for playmaker Storm and Josh Hodgson’s supposed move to the Wests Tigers appears to be dead and buried.
Read on for the latest transfer whispers from the NRL.
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BRONCOS STRIKES THE SIGNATURE OF A NEW DEVELOPMENT
TThe Broncos have reportedly signed a development agreement with Blake Mozer for 2022.
The former Keebra Park captain and half-model is set to train with the senior Broncos team for the upcoming preseason, according toNews Corp.
Mozer was one of the most exciting players in the schoolboy class of 2021 and has been on the Broncos’ radar for quite some time as a junior, as well as for the Queensland Under-17s.
Keebra Park head coach Glen Campbell said the Australian Schoolboys product “has NRL written on it”.
“I don’t say it often, but Blake wrote NRL all over him and has been that way for a few years now,” Campbell said.
“He’s got strength in defense and attack, he’s smart, his pass is good and he has tactics. Therefore, he was chosen for the Australian Schoolchildren Merit Team this year.
“He’s signed with the Broncos and they’ll hang on to him for a grim death.” He’s so good.
Campbell thinks Mozer displays nuances of Josh Hodgson.
“Blake reminds me of Pommie’s hooker in Canberra (Josh Hodgson) with his thinking game,” he said.
“It’s big enough but it’s going to fill up. As the weight comes on him, he’ll be a physical nine and handle defense in the middle of the NRL. “
The 17-year-old qualifies for the Mal Meninga Cup in 2022 and will likely start there as he progresses to new honors.
SMITH RACE ALWAYS WIDE OPEN
There has been another twist in Brandon Smith’s contract saga with his manager who claims the star hooker narrowed his choice down to two clubs.
Smith’s contract with the Storm expires at the end of 2022. Melbourne is hoping to keep it, but Smith has rejected his three-year, $ 2.2 million offer for commercialization.
Considering the shortage of world-class No.9s, Smith is a highly prized product and has been hunted as a result.
The 25-year-old has met the Titans, Dolphins, Cowboys and will meet the Roosters this week.
A report emerged on Monday claiming that Smith’s signing race was reduced to two, with the Kiwi Test star able to choose between dolphins or roosters.
However, Smith’s manager Stan Martin said Corp Newsthis is far from the truth and has revealed the date he hopes to have a decision.
“Not at all,” Martin said.
“I don’t know where people get this shit. He p ***** me off.
“We haven’t discussed anything yet. It will come after Brandon’s meeting with the Roosters, but he hasn’t even arrived in Sydney yet.
“I’m just sick of people speculating. It’s clear – Brandon will make his decision after meeting the Roosters and hopefully that will be all sorted out by December 7 as he has to return to training in Melbourne.
“I’m sure we’ll have everything sorted out before Christmas. “
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STORM PLAYMAKER WANTS A LONG-TERM AGREEMENT
Jahrome Hughes manager Tas Bartlett dropped a bombshell last week when he revealed his star client opted for the option in his Storm contract for the 2024 season.
It came as a shock considering Hughes had just signed a lucrative extension earlier this year, but the reason for the recent move was that the half-star is looking for a long-term deal.
It didn’t take long for the Dolphins to jump, as the expansion club apparently had preliminary talks with Hughes.
However, Bartlett has now saidVast world of sport that Hughes is “loyal” to the Storm and has revealed that he hopes to receive a five-year extension from the club before November 1, 2022 – when Hughes can hit the market.
“Last week’s story created a bit of a heckle but the reality is it’s still a long way off and Jahrome is loyal to Melbourne and happy there,” Bartlett said.
“I’ll go talk to them when things calm down and if we can come up with a five-year deal that will take him to 32, we can take it.
“Of course he’ll be open for offers from rival clubs next November if we don’t get along, but he’s loyal to the Storm and hopefully we can sort something out.”
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CHRISTIAN CRICHTON GIFTED THE NRL LIFE LINE
Christian Crichton is set to return to the Panthers after being let down by Trent Barrett’s Bulldogs at the end of the 2021 season.
Christian, the brother of center superstar Stephen Crichton, has reportedly signed a train and test contract according to an Instagram post from his management.
Crichton first made his Panthers debut in 2018, playing 20 games before being signed by the Bulldogs on a three-year contract.
The 25-year-old has managed just 13 appearances for the Bulldogs in a period hampered by injury.
He will join his younger brother Stephen in the Panthers, hoping to make his way to a top 30 for the 2022 season.
Crichton made only one test for Samoa in 2018 and hopes to add more caps to his resume in the coming seasons as he fights to relaunch his career in the NRL.
HODGSON WILL STAY AT CANBERRA
It looks like Josh Hodgson’s speculated move to the Wests Tigers will not happen and the England international will stay in Canberra to see the final year of his contract.
The Raiders have informed Hodgson he’s free to look elsewhere for 2023, sparking interest from the Wests Tigers – who reportedly hoped to lure him to Concord a year earlier.
The change probably seemed as recent as it was a week ago, but both Vast world of sportand The daily telegraph report that the Raiders have changed their minds.
It is understood the club do not want to infringe on Hodgson’s $ 850,000 contract next season as he runs out for another club.
The Tigers would only be interested if the Raiders contribute to the 32-year-old’s contract for 2022.
Not only is Canberra refusing to participate, but the club might need Hodgson in the early rounds depending on what happens with Tom Starling. The young rake will appear in court in the New Year for an alleged incident outside a Central Coast facility.