The Sea Eagles are set to allow star prop Addin Fonua-Blake to leave the club for personal reasons.
A fed up Melbourne Storm have issued wantaway flyer Josh Addo-Carr with a contract deadline.
Meanwhile the Tigers reason for offloading Benji Marshall has been revealed.
Read on for the latest NRL Transfer Whispers.
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STORM HIT THE FOXX WITH CONTRACT ULTIMATUM
Josh Addo-Carr wants to play fullback at the Tigers.Source:Getty Images
Melbourne want a resolution to Josh Addo-Carr’s drawn out contract negotiations before the 2020 finals series kicks off.
The Daily Telegraph reported the Storm told Addo-Carr’s new agent Mario Tartak that he needs to sort the Origin star’s future by next week or Melbourne will push contract talks to after the season.
Storm CEO Dave Donaghy is holding firm on the club’s request for a player swap in order to release the Kangaroos winger to play fullback at the Tigers.
“We’re working really hard to secure Josh a release and receive a player of commensurate talent back in his absence,” Donaghy said.
“If we don’t get an outcome before our last round match against the Dragons we’re just going to park it until after the finals.
“We love Josh, he’s been a great contributor to the club, we understand his family circumstances, but we’re mindful we built a team with him contracted until the end of 2021.
“We feel our requirement to get a player back for granting his early release is fair and reasonable.”
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The Storm are willing to release Addo-Carr from the final year of his deal in 2021 on compassionate grounds provided they are not left empty-handed.
However a mooted play for David Nofoaluma was scuppered by the Tigers leading to a standoff between the two clubs and the Storm don’t want it to affect their premiership tilt.
“We have spoken to the club he wants to go to and inquired about a couple of players and they’ve fobbed us off,” Donaghy said.
“It is their prerogative but it’s not helpful in trying to achieve an outcome for Josh.
“We understand Josh’s desire to get back to Sydney and the reasons for that, we’re working with his management to try and secure an outcome that’s mutually beneficial.
“We have been really clear and consistent from day one … if we can facilitate an outcome whereby we’re no worse off we’ll happily provide a release.
“Until that point, he’s contracted with Melbourne Storm for 2021 and I think that point has been overlooked somewhat.”
FONUA-BLAKE WANTS OUT AT SEA EAGLES
Addin Fonua-Blak wants to leave Sydney.Source:Getty Images
The Sea Eagles have granted star prop Addin Fonua-Blake permission to negotiate with rival clubs as he seeks to move away from Sydney.
“Fonua-Blake approached Manly to look around at other clubs,” Danny Weidler tweeted.
“He wants to leave Sydney. Manly have granted his wish to explore options.
EXCLUSIVE: Now confirmed. Addin has approached Manly to look around at other clubs. Wants to leave Sydney. Manly have granted his wish to explore options. https://t.co/maGT7tfrt5
The Warriors and the Broncos are reportedly very interested in the services of the star front-rower, who has been one of Manly’s best players over the last two seasons.
“Warriors very interested in Fonua-Blake,” Brent Read tweeted.
“Expect them to take an immediate offer. Have salary cap space and a genuine desire to sign him.
“Understood Broncos will not make a play for Fonua-Blake. Warriors shortening.
“Might be good news for Kieran Foran. Manly will have lots of cap space if Fonua-Blake goes. Could use some of it to get the gang back together and have plenty left over.”
Warriors very interested in Fonua-Blake. Expect them to take an immediate offer. Have salary cap space and a genuine desire to sign him
Hearing Broncos may also have an interest in Fonua-Blake but yet to confirm
Understood Broncos will not make a play for Fonua-Blake. Warriors shortening
Might be good news for Kieran Foran. Manly will have lots of cap space if Fonua-Blake goes. Could use some of it to get the gang back together and have plenty left over
SALARY CAP SQUEEZES BENJI OUT OF TIGERS
Tiger’s Benji Marshall will depart the club at the end of 2020.Source:News Corp Australia
The Tigers’ push to free up their roster places for a big recruitment drive for 2022 and beyond is behind Benji Marshall’s axing form the club.
NRL.com reported the Tigers have just 11 players signed beyond next season as they aim to lure big name targets to the club from November 1.
The Tigers uneven roster and ongoing salary cap issues led to Marshall being told his services were no longer required.
While Marshall does not command huge money, the fact he left the Tigers for the Auckland Blues in 2013 and then moved to the Dragons and Broncos means he does not qualify for salary cap dispensation for veteran or developed players, who have been in the squad for eight years or more.
The Tigers intend to use this $200,000 allowance to offset the contracts of No.7 Luke Brooks and star winger David Nofoaluma.
Nofoaluma is off contract at the end of 2021, which allows rival clubs to poach him from November 1.
If Marshall had been signed beyond this season he would have likely stayed for a swan song with the Tigers in 2021.
“You have got to have the right blend across your squad of people in certain positions,” coach Michael Maguire explained.
“If you have too many front-rowers or too many back-rowers, or wherever it may be, it puts a stress on your salary cap to make up a team.”
Originally published asRivals ‘very interested’ as Test star walks; Storm’s Foxx ultimatum: Transfer Whispers
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