Tigers backflip on cult hero; Sydney teams much interested in these Warriors forward: Whispers

Jarome Luai has reportedly been given Penrith’s blessing to test the open market as the November 1 deadline approaches. 

  The five-eighth star met with Penrith on Friday afternoon as the club made it clear they wanted to keep him, but also told the key player he was free to look at his options. Luai is out of contract at the end of next season, with Penrtih believed to be able to offer him a maximum of $800,000 per season if he renews. Luai is believed to be worth up to $1.1 million in market value. Despite this, the Panthers’ hands are reportedly tied with salary issues, despite how much the club wants to keep the star long-term. “Jarome is aware of the club’s salary cap going forward. He will have surgery on Monday, so our main focus at the moment is his wellbeing and recovery,” Penrith boss Matt Cameron said, according to the publication. “Jarome is under contract until the end of 2024, so we don’t see a need to rush those discussions.

   “Jarome is a three-time major who is clearly interested in the open market, and the Panthers have no problem exploring him. all his choices are moving forward.” TIGERS $525,000 CULT-HERO RECOVERY In a shock twist, Wests Tigers will not allow Alex Twal to test the open market this off-season, despite telling the cult hero he is not part of their plans for next season.

   Twal held talks with the Sea Eagles and Bulldogs when the Tigers appeared eager to let the prop walk with a year left in his contract. As reported by SMH, both the Sea Eagles and Bulldogs wanted the Tigers to pay part of Twal’s $525,000 salary in 2024, but Wests brass were reluctant to come to the table on that detail. Instead, the Tigers and coach Benji Marshall informed Twali that he was wanted at the club. Twal played 124 NRL games, all for the Tigers. His Test drought was well publicized when he finally broke a duck with 116 against the Storm this season in the game.

   Alex Twali will not be cleared by Wests Tigers to test the open market. TWO SYDNEY TEAMS ROLL WARRIORS FORWARD Warriors forward Josh Curran will leave the New Zealand club after being cleared to hold talks with other teams. According to WWOS, at least two Sydney clubs are in the running for Curran’s signature. The 23-year-old is contracted to the Warriors until the end of next season, but due to salary cap pressure, they are willing to let Curran go a year early if he finds another destination. Curran had one of his best seasons in first grade this year, making 23 appearances for the side that reached the preliminary final. He primarily started off the bench for the Warriors, averaging 45 minutes per game.

   He recorded 52 yards and over 21 receptions per game. Curran has missed two matches after being suspended for a bar brawl last year. The Warriors have given Josh Curran permission to negotiate with rival clubs. Dolphins player Anthony Milford is hoping for a move to the British Premier League after it emerged that Leigh Leopards are close to signing the utility.

Jenna Brooks broke the news during the Super League semi-final between St Helens and Catalans Dragons on Friday night, according to Sky Sports. Milford’s place with the Dolphins got off to a bad start with the disappointment of not even being selected in the Round 1 win against the Roosters.

   The 29-year-old has had some good moments in 2023, but his form has been spotty at best, playing in just 11 games. Milford is currently under contract with the Dolphins until 2024, but it has been reported that the NRL’s newest club have no problem releasing the playmaker early.

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