Transfer news; August 3 deadline, roster changes, player movement, Jake Turpin, Waqa Blake, Liam Knight, Broncos, Rabbitohs, Bulldogs, Panthers, Eels, Tigers, Dragons

The NRL’s August 3 transfer deadline allows clubs to make late changes and final tweaks to their rosters before the final month of the regular season heading into the finals.

The August 3 deadline is the final chance for teams to improve their roster for a charge at the title or for those out of finals contention to start rebuilding for 2024 and beyond.

With seven rounds remaining until the finals, the title heavyweights the Panthers, Broncos and Storm can add vital pieces to improve their depth as they bid to go all the way.

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And for those teams propping up the bottom end of the table in the Tigers, Dragons and Bulldogs it is an opportunity to snag some players coming off-contract from other clubs that can help them climb up the ladder in 2024.

For players who might be stuck in reserve grade at their current club and are looking for an opportunity in first grade and for struggling clubs trying to improve their rosters, it is time to pounce and make moves before the August 3 deadline comes around.

Read on for a look at every NRL club’s priority targets before the August 3 deadline.

(Note: Scroll down to the bottom for every player coming off-contract in 2023 by position)


Spots left in the Top 30: 3

What they need: With Thomas Flegler and Jordan Riki not expected to return from injury until Round 22 and 24 respectively, it wouldn’t hurt to add a couple of extra options to the forwards stocks. Hooker is still an area that could be strengthened too — if the right player becomes available.

Who they should target: If the Dragons do give into Ben Hunt’s release request, no doubt the Broncos will jump at the opportunity to sign the veteran playmaker before the business end of the season, but that seems unlikely. Although Hunt has carved out a long and successful career at halfback, he’s played hooker for Queensland and Australia. Put Hunt in the No.9 jersey and the Broncos instantly become premiership favourites. Manly’s Karl Lawton would be a handy pick-up given he can do a job at hooker and in the second row, but he’s contracted until the end of 2024 and it’s hard to see the Sea Eagles letting him go. As for bolstering the forwards, it would make sense to try and get Fletcher Baker from the Roosters early given he‘s due to arrive to Red Hill in November on a two-year deal. He’s filled in for seven NRL games for the Chooks this season but he might not be needed for much longer if they don’t click into gear and start pushing for finals. Peter Hola has been one of the Raiders’ best in New South Wales Cup but can’t get a crack in the NRL side. He has a mutual option for next season — perhaps that’s an opportunity for the Broncos pounce now. The club could potentially bring back Ethan Bullemor from Manly. Jayden Nikorima can cover hooker/half but hasn’t played any NRL this year. Knights second-rower Brodie Jones, Dragons counterpart Billy Burns and versatile Souths prop Liam Knight are other options to strengthen the Broncos’ depth in the forwards.


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Karl Lawton has gone down the pecking order at manly and offers plenty of versatility.Source: Getty Images


Spots left in the Top 30: 1

What they need: The glaring issue is replacing the Jack Wighton-sized hole that will appear when he leaves for Souths after this season. Finding some halves depth is as important now though considering the Green Machine’s former NSW Cup/backup halfback Brad Schneider signed with Hull KR in the Super League in a mid-season move. Jamal Fogarty is having a great season at halfback but behind him, there is very little depth. Matt Frawley would be the next man up if Fogarty went down with injury, and with respect, that hypothetical wouldn’t inspire Raiders fans with much confidence.

Who they should target: The versatile Moses Mbye is at the back end of his career, but he could be an option for Ricky Stuart to improve depth in the Raiders playmaking stocks. Mbye is without a contract next season and has been in and out of an ordinary Dragons NRL side, so it’s hard to imagine his current club won’t grant him a release if another team comes calling. Jack Cogger has shown plenty of promise filling in for Nathan Cleary at Penrith and could be an option to strengthen the halves at Canberra, particularly if Fogarty shifted to five-eighth.

Moses Mbye has been in and out of the Dragons side in recent times.Source: Supplied


Spots left in the Top 30: 1

What they need: A lot of things but let’s start with prop and centre. Now that the club has lured Toby Sexton to play halfback he will have to do until they can try and aim for one of the elite No.7s down the track. But the Bulldogs are dangerously short on middles and strike centres. Jake Averillo has been switched to fullback and is off to the Dolphins next year, while current centres Jacob Kiraz and Paul Alamoti have not lit the world on fire. Kiraz had a great World Cup but has failed to reach those heights in 2023 and Alamoti has been given permission to leave the club. At prop the injury to Luke Tompson has left the Bulldogs short up front. Max King is a solid player and a tireless worker, but Raymond Faitala-Mariner is a back-rower and is only being used in the middle because Tevita Pangai Jr is a borderline liability and is struggling to make an impact off the bench.

Who they should target: There is no surprise the club have been linked to both Origin props Payne Haas and Tino Fa’asumaleaui, but they won’t be coming to the club by August 3 if at all. Matthew Lodge is on a train and trial deal with Manly for the rest of the season, but the Bulldogs could do worse than invest in the NRL journeymen to be one of their bookends going forward. Versatile Souths forward Liam Knight is off-contract and may have to leave Redfern to get more consistent game time after a series of injuries in recent years. In terms of centre targets, Waqa Blake is out of favour at the Eels and coming off-contract. Billy Smith form the Roosters and Tesi Niu from the Dolphins are other options.

Waqa Blake is out of favour at the Eels.Source: Getty Images


Spots left in the Top 30: 2

What they need: With the consistent Teig Wilton set to miss some time with a knee injury, and their edge defence struggling mightily against the Warriors, the Sharks should look to bolster their back row. They could also attempt to improve their halves depth as the 32-year-old Matt Moylan’s form has been patchy of late.

Who they should target: Bayley Sironen is playing a handy role off the bench for the red hot Warriors, but he is without a contract in 2024 and could be in line for more minutes with the Sharks as soon as this season. If interested in a move back to Sydney, he should be looked at by Craig Fitzgibbon. The Cowboys’ Mitchell Dunn is another that forward-needy teams should look at for a quick fix this season. Dunn is a solid first grader but is playing for a club that is staked with back rowers (Jeremiah Nanai, Heilum Luki, Reuben Cotter, Luciano Leilua). If he’s after more opportunity, he’ll likely need to find another club, much like former Cowboy Connelly Leumelu did when signing with the Dolphins. Like Sironen, he is without a contract for 2024 at this stage.

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Bayley Sironen could be sounded out for a return home to Sydney with the Sharks.Source: Supplied


Spots left in the Top 30: 0

What they need: Wayne Bennett has defied critics this season, with many predicting the NRL newcomers to be fighting for the wooden spoon. Instead, Bennett has signed 30 solid first graders and several young stars who have proven to be a competitive outfit. As it stands the Dolphins don’t have any spots in their top 30, but reports from WWOS suggest Herman Ese’ese could sign with a Super League club and leave early. The Dolphins already have to shed two players to account for Broncos duo Tom Flegler and Herbie Farnworth as well as Jake Averillo, but could be looking to bolster their hooking stocks this season to account for a potentially season-ending injury to Jeremy Marshall-King which has seen rookie Harrison Graham become the club’s first choice No.9.

Who should they target: Sea Eagles utility Karl Lawton looks a solid fit and could be an impressive utility under Wayne Bennett. He is contracted until the end of 2024, but with a plethora of recruits arriving in Manly they could look to shed some of their salary cap. Meanwhile, Dragons veteran Moses Mbye could also be a savvy signing at the right price and Bennett has a knack of getting the best out of players at the back-end of their career. Incoming coach Shane Flanagan has already informed him he isn’t a part of the Red V’s plans for next season. Roosters utility Connor Watson is also another interesting proposition and remains without a contract for 2024, having been sidelined for the whole 2023 season with a knee injury. When fit he is a valuable player to have in your squad, with the ability to play almost every position across the park.

Connor Watson has struggled in his second stint at the Roosters and might need a new challenge.Source: Getty Images


Spots left in the Top 30: 1

What they need: The Titans have a log jam of outside backs and fullbacks with impressive youngster Jayden Campbell finding himself on the bench at different times this season. Therefore, the Gold Coast could look to bolster their middle forwards with skipper Tino Fa’asuamaleaui sidelined. The Titans also boast a number of younger forwards including Jacob Alick, Klese Haas and Iszac Fa’asuamaleaui who would all benefit from an experienced face alongside the Origin trio of David Fifita, Fa’asuamaleaui and Mo Fotuaika. With Keenan Palasia also joining the club from 2024 onwards, the contract could only be a short deal to project the Gold Coast in to the top eight to play finals football.

Who they should target: Bulldogs enforcer Corey Waddell could be a savvy signing and the former Manly forward has been solid under Cameron Ciraldo this season. He is without a contract for the 2024 season and can play in the middle as well as on an edge. Ethan Bullemor is also a versatile forward who could become a first string back-rower in the right system, having fallen down the pecking order under Anthony Seibold. He is off-contract and as it stands won’t be playing in the NRL next season. Storm forward Tariq Sims is also an outside chance, but the Melbourne club would be unlikely to part with his experience. Knights lock Jack Johns could also be a handy acquisition and has played a handful of games under Adam O’Brien this season, proving he could be a first string lock for the right team. The 25-year-old is another player without a contract beyond this season and Newcastle would likely allow him to depart for regular first grade football.

Tariq Sims hasn’t lit the world on fire at the Storm and may look for a new opportunity.Source: The Daily Telegraph


Spots left in the Top 30: 2

What they need: Anthony Seibold has already added front row enforcer Matt Lodge to his squad on a train and trial deal, and it remains to be seen if the NRL will intervene and force the Manly club to sign him on a full-time NRL contract. But for now, the Sea Eagles have two roster spots and should be targeting outside backs. While they have already signed Tigers centre Tommy Talau and Roosters winger Jaxson Paulo, depth has been an issue for Manly in recent years and with Tom Trbojevic’s ever-present injury issues — Seibold’s backline is consistently changing. Manly have a plethora of strong forwards and currently have both Toafofoa Sipley and Ethan Bullemor on their extended bench, with both being very capable first graders. However, they could also do with another gun hooker to give Lachlan Croker some reprieve and provide some attacking spark out of the ruck.

Who they should target: Rabbitohs gun Blake Taaffe is one option and could be the perfect fullback and outside back replacement to allow Reuben Garrick to remain in his natural wing position or shift to the centres. The fill-in No.1 is off-contract for the 2024 season and has already begun negotiation with rivals for next year. A left-field option would be rising Warriors outside back Taine Tuaupiki, however he is a similar player to Kaeo Weekes, who has found it difficult to cement himself in the first grade side. Dragons winger Tautau Moga has also shown how dangerous he can be in his limited game time this season and could be an option to bolster the club’s wing options. Panthers winger Tom Jenkins could also be a left-field signing and the Penrith junior has proven to be a capable try-scorer in his handful of appearances this season. With regular first grade minutes he could be enticed to leave the talent-rich premiers and wouldn’t make a dent on Manly’s salary cap. When it comes to hookers Knights utility Kurt Mann could be a savvy signing and the Newcastle utility is without a contract for the 2024 season. He could provide a good foil for Croker or slot in to the middle if needed.

Blake Taaffe will have to move on from Souths if he wants to be a consistent first grader.Source: Getty Images


Spots left in the Top 30: 0

What they need: Another team who don’t have a spot in their top 30 available to sign any players. If Craig Bellamy wanted to recruit, he would have to allow one of their contracted players to leave. With injuries consistently hampering their backline, the experienced coach could look to bolster his outside backs with both Dean Ieremia and Ryan Papenhuyzen sidelined for indefinite periods. While Grant Anderson and Marion Seve are still waiting in the wings, Tigers back David Nofoaluma was drafted in late last year and was an impressive acquisition, with Melbourne powerbrokers potentially looking down the same path.

Who should they target: Broncos flyer Jordan Pereira is without a contract for the 2024 season and has shown glimpses of the winger he could be. Pereira is a powerful ball-runner and has impressive finishing skills to match. Bulldogs winger Declan Casey could also be a savvy signing, having fallen down the pecking order under Cameron Ciraldo behind Blake Wilson who isn’t in the club’s top 30. Titans gun Brian Kelly also hasn’t extended his future with the Titans for 2024 and would be a handy addition in the centres.

Brian Kelly could help bolster the Storm backline depth.Source: Getty Images


Spots left in the Top 30: 1

What they need: Following Jayden Brailey’s season-ending knee injury, Phoenix Crossland has slotted in at hooker and done an admirable job. However, Adam O’Brien could do with a sturdy middle utility who can do a job making a dent in the middle and at dummyhalf, outside of Kurt Mann who can also play in the outside backs. Newcastle would benefit from a player in the mould of Kobe Hetherington or Mitch Kenny who tackle their hearts out in bursts on the field. That would allow their impressive front row rotation of the Saitifi brothers and Leo Thompson to create more havoc and afford superstar fullback Kalyn Ponga space at the back. O’Brien may also be looking to bolster his playmaking options, even though Tyson Gamble has been solid and Ponga can switch to five-eighth if needed with Lachie Miller returning at fullback.

Who they should target: Raiders utility Tom Starling is one option and he has a player option for the 2024 season he can still take up. Otherwise he will hit the open market on November 1. Starling has shown he is equally adept at playing from the ruck as he is around it and could be a handy signing. Elsewhere, Fa’amanu Brown is another option with the former Tiger having the ability to play at hooker and in multiple forward positions. He is also without a contract for 2024 as it stands. Moses Mbye is even an option if the Knights can secure his signature on a cut price deal. Elsewhere, Panthers playmakerand former Newcastle half Jack Cogger could be an interesting signing to line up alongside Jackson Hastings. Cogger has proven he is NRL quality in the Penrith system and has been one of the Tigers’ potential targets to solve their halves crisis. However, Hastings is the club’s organising playmaker and will be for years to come so the Knights may be looking for a more creative half. Rabbitohs gun Blake Taaffe would be an interesting five-eighth prospect, having previously played in the role, but featuring predominantly as a fullback in the NRL. He is also off-contract for the 2024 season and has been spotted twice with Bulldogs officials in recent weeks.

Tom Starling could solve the Knights’ hooker problem.Source: Getty Images


Spots left in the Top 30: 0

What they need: Two months ago, this list would have been more substantial, but North Queensland have been one of the form teams in the league during that span. As it stands they are one of four teams with no spots left in their top 30 and would need a player to leave their current contract to make another signing. Adding another outside back would be a wise choice. The Cowboys are lacking at depth in that area, with regular starting centre Peta Hiku keeping his spot despite inconsistent performances. Semi Valemei was signed earlier in the season from the Raiders and has played well but another wing and centre to bolster depth should be the main aim if the Cowboys elect to make moves. Mitchell Dunn, who is down the pecking order behind some excellent back rowers, could be wanted elsewhere and let go to make room for another target. Journeyman utility Brendan Elliot hasn’t shown much when given a chance in first grade and may be another player the Cowboys part way with to open a spot.
Who they should target: Parramatta’s Waqa Blake could be an option. The 28-year-old has been playing reserve grade this season after losing his spot to Sean Russell. Blake played 22 games for the Eels during their run to the Grand Final last season and still has a bit to offer. Without a contract for 2024, if the Cowboys or another side expresses interest, it’s hard to think Blake wouldn’t be keen to leave the Eels for the chance for more playing time in first grade. North Queensland could do worse than take a look at Jack Cogger, the Panthers playmaker who has done a great job leading the Panthers around in the absence of Nathan Cleary. Cogger and Tom Dearden would form a talented halves partnership. Whether the Panthers let Cogger go elsewhere mid-season is probably unlikely though unless the club don’t want to stand in the way of him earning a multi-year deal elsewhere.

Jack Cogger could be an option for the Cowboys with Chad Townsend nearing the end of his career.Source: Getty Images


Spots left in the Top 30: 3

What they need: The Eels made it clear mid-season they were looking to make an X-factor signing but Brad Arthur is yet to acquire any outside backs that fit that mould, bringing only forward Joe Ofahengaue in to his squad. With a suspension to Maika Sivo for four games and the club’s wing stocks already running thin, Parramatta could do with two extra outside backs and one who could provide attacking output like that of Clint Gutherson.

Who they should target: Manly young gun Kaeo Weekes is one option, possessing the ability to play in the halves and at fullback. Despite falling down the pecking order under Anthony Seibold, no one can doubt his quality and Weekes will be a regular first grader in the future. Knights young gun Bailey Hodgson is also a left-field option and is yet to play a single game of first grade as yet, showing glimpses of his ability in this year’s pre-season challenge. The English gun, who is only 20, could provide some attacking spark off the bench and is off-contract for 2024. Rabbitohs young gun Terrell Kalo Kalo could also be a savvy signing and the 20-year-old fullback has been touted as a player of the future. Being stuck behind superstar Latrell Mitchell, he may opt to leave Redfern and seek first grade football. Like Jayden Campbell at the Titans, Kalo Kalo could provide creativity and energy off the bench and give Parramatta the X-factor they were looking for.

Kaeo Weekes could be the X-factor Brad Arthur has been looking for in his backline.Source: Getty Images


Spots left in the Top 30: 2

What they need: It’s always difficult to decide what a team needs when their junior nursery always has a solution waiting in the wings. The Panthers also boast a number of versatile players like Tyrone Peachey and Jaeman Salmon who can fill in the halves and outside backs when needed. While Penrith are already spoiled for choice, it wouldn’t hurt to add an experienced outside back to their ranks should Sunia Turuva, Brian To’o or Dylan Edwards go down. The argument against that signing would be that players like Tom Jenkins or Jesse McLean coming through the ranks are ready, but any move will only strengthen an already rock-solid squad. Taylan May will also return from a season-ending knee injury next year, furthering the competition for spots. Penrith could also opt for an out-and-out utility, with Soni Luke being used sparingly by Ivan Cleary in recent weeks.

Who they should target: Signing a player like Brian Kelly who is without a contract for 2024 could be a savvy acquisition. Penrith could also do worse than handing former Manly centre Peta Hiku a contract for the remainder of this season, however it remains unlikely the Cowboys will let him go. A return for former junior Daine Laurie could also be a smart option, with the Tigers outside back without a contract for 2024. Tom Starling also has a player option for 2024 and has been unable to stamp his mark on the hooker role in the nation’s capital and would be a handy addition.

Could Daine Laurie return to the Panthers?Source: Getty Images


Spots left in the Top 30: 0

What they need: The Rabbitohs are one of the handful of sides without a spot in their top 30 as it stands, but the NRL landscape is ever-changing and with players often breaking their contracts one could open up. South Sydney would need a player to leave immediately or someone forfeit their deal like veteran Josh Reynolds to make a play on the open market, but could look to bolster their back row after Taane Milne was forced on to an edge in Round 18. With Keaon Koloamatangi and automatic starter and Michael Chee Kam often holding up the other back row spot, Jason Demetriou may look to add to his forward pack. Chee Kam is also off-contract for 2024, while Jed Cartwright and Liam Knight are also without deals. There’s also an argument the Rabbitohs need more outside backs, but with young gun Tyrone Munro emerging and Jack Wighton arriving in 2024 — Demetriou will be happy with their stocks.

Who should they target: Eels gun Bryce Cartwright is without a contract for 2024 but has become an integral figure under Brad Arthur and would be near impossible to pry away. Fijian backrower Taniela Sadrugu, who is yet to make his NRL debut for the Cowboys, could also be an option at base price and is stuck behind an impressive pack in North Queensland. Knights backrower Brodie Jones has also shown promise and could be a handy addition to any forward pack.

Off-contract Eels back-rower Bryce Cartwright could bolster Souths’ forwards depth.Source: Getty Images


Spots left in the Top 30: 3

What they need: There’s several areas the Dragons need to improve in, but we are going to focus on their forward pack. The Red V have some exciting outside backs in Tyrell Sloan, Mat and Max Feagai and Moses Suli — and they all deserve to keep their spots. But the same can’t be said for their forwards who are consistently manhandled in the middle of the park. Off-season recruit Ben Murdoch-Masila has also spent majority of the season on the left edge and the dragons desperately need a strike back-rower following Jaydn Su’A’s season-ending shoulder injury. The Dragons could also do with an experienced prop and incoming coach Shane Flanagan has already reportedly sat down with English enforcer Luke Thompson. However, his injury record may prompt Red V recruitment bosses to look elsewhere.

Who they should target: Rising Cowboys gun Kulikefu Finefeuiaki would be the perfect target for the Dragons, currently on a development contract until the end of 2024. The 19-year-old has shown he can cut it in first grade and has stiff competition in the back row in North Queensland with Jeremiah Nanai, Heilum Luki, Reuben Cotter and Griffin Neame all having the ability to feature in the edge forwards. Throw the kitchen sink at him. The Dragons could also target one of the Roosters’ exciting crop of forwards in Terrell May, Siua Wong and Ben Thomas, who could all force their way out of their current contracts with the Roosters already welcoming Spencer Leniu in to their ranks and re-signing Jared Waerea-Hargreaves for next season. Elsewhere, Alex Seyfarth has shown he could be a solid middle forward in recent weeks and could be a cut-price option from the Tigers. Michael Chee Kam is also an option from the Rabbitohs and could be a versatile forward for Flanagan, and is currently off-contract for 2024 and may be looking to set his future in stone as soon as possible.

Kulikefu Finefeuiaki is stuck behind a logjam of back-rowers at the Cowboys.Source: Getty Images


Spots left in the Top 30: 2

What they need: Some insurance in the spine.The Roosters had one of the best looking spine’s in the NRL heading into 2023 on paper, but that hasn’t quite equalled success in reality. Not only has star recruit Brandon Smith failed to nail down the starting hooker role, but his signing cost the club Sam Verrills, who was an excellent dummyhalf despite his injury history. The club also have back-up dummyhalf Jake Turpin on their books, but he has struggled to live up to his potential at both the Broncos and the Roosters. The club also has utility options Drew Hutchison and Connor Watson, but neither are viable starting hooker options. The Roosters have a lot of bench dummyhalf options, but no starting hooker options. Their best bet might be to play Smith in the dual hooker and back row role he dominated in at the Storm and sign another hooker to start, but it remains to be seen if he would want to do that after leaving Melbourne to chase a starting hooker role. The Roosters also have Sam Walker signed until 2025 to be the club’s long-term halfback, but he was dropped and out of favour before being injured and Sandon Smith, who is on a development contract is the current starting No.7. Luke Keary has been a champion for the club and is contracted until the end of 2024, before widely being tipped to retire. However, Keary is considered too similar a player to Walker both in stature and style and the pair have struggled to ignite the Roosters backline. Keary has even been linked to a move to the Tigers to finish his career, but it is unlikely he would want to do that. Joseph Manu has been used at No.6 with varying degrees of success, but the Roosters then lose his punch on the edge, while fullback is probably his best position. The easiest solution appears to be finding a hooker to unlock the other spine players and a new five-eighth to partner Walker when Keary retires.

Who they should target: If Sam Walker is the club’s long-term halfback then he needs a hooker capable of taking the pressure off his halves and a big body at five-eighth to complement his game. Walker has all the skills to dominate at halfback, but he needs his pack going forward and a big No.6 to take some pressure off with his running game. There is not much on the market in the spine that is better than what the Roosters have now. In the halves Jaeman Salmon and Jack Cogger could be options if they want more opportunities to play first grade as they are currently stuck behind one of the best halves duo’s in the comp in Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai. Landing Dean Hawkins from Souths could be an opportunity to fire a shot at their arch rivals. The hookers coming off-contract include Jake Granville and Jayden Nikorima, so they might have to entice someone to break contract or a club to let a hooker go. A reunion with Sam Verrills would be another option, but that would be dependent on the Titans granting him a release.

Could Sam Verrills return to the Roosters?Source: Getty Images


Spots left in the Top 30: 2

What they need: A centre and a hooker. The Warriors have come a long way under Andrew Webster, but they still look a strike centre and a hooker away from challenging the top sides consistently. Adam Pompey and Rocco Berry are solid first graders, but lack the fire power of some of the elite centres in the game, while Wayde Egan is a consistent if not overly creative dummyhalf. All three have done a solid job for the Warriors in the regular season, but they won’t scare too many of the top sides come September.

Who they should target: Eels centre Waqa Blake has dropped down the pecking order at Parramatta and comes off-contract this season. Blake has some deficiencies in his game particularly in defence, but at his best he is a potent attacking threat and the New Zealand native could thrive under Webster. Dolphins outside back Tesi Niu is another promising centre option on the open market and he could give the Warriors a real handful on the edge. Manly centre Brad Parker is another off-contract centre who could add starch in defence and a reunion with former Sea Eagles utility Dylan Walker could be a good move for him to get more consistent time in first grade. Bulldogs young gun Paul Alamoti is another promising up and coming centre and while he hasn’t lit the NRL on fire yet, time is on his side to be a dangerous strike centre in the NRL. Roosters hooker Jake Turpin is off-contract in 2023 and has failed to cement his place at the Broncos and Tri-colours, but he is a promising dummyhalf with toughness and creativity. Turpin is looking for an opportunity to grow into a regular first grade starter and a change of scenery to across the ditch could be exactly the change he needs to get the best out of himself.

Tesi Niu could give the Warriors some strike on the edge.Source: Getty Images


Spots left in the Top 30: 1

What they need: Some halves. Not only do the Tigers desperately need some halves depth this season, but they are without a halves pairing for 2023 as well. Injuries to Adam Doeuihi and Luke Brooks have left the Tigers severely short on halves this season, with Brandon Wakeham and Daine Laurie failing to step up in their absence. Brooks’ decision to reject an extension offer with the Tigers and sign with the Sea Eagles has also left the club without a No.7 next season, while five-eighth Doueihi will miss most if not all of next season with a knee injury and has reportedly been allowed to look elsewhere by the club.

Who they should target: Jaeman Salmon is a vital utility player for the Panthers, but if he has eyes on a starting role in the NRL he will have to leave Penrith and the Tigers could opt to offer him a permanent shot at the halves not only this year, but in the future. Jack Cogger has also shown promising signs as a back-up for Nathan Cleary this season, but if he wants to be a regular starter he will also need to leave the mountain men. The Roosters’ Drew Hutchison and the Rabbitohs’ Dean Hawkins are other halves, whose paths to first grade starting spots are blocked at their current clubs and the Tigers could look to give them an opportunity to blossom into regular first grade playmakers.

Jaeman Salmon could be a solution at five-eighth for the Tigers.Source: Supplied



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