Keppie’s management has started talks with the Rabbitohs, who are trying to sneak under the guard of the Wests Tigers.
Many thought Keppie and Tigers cult hero Alex Twal would trade places, but the Rabbitohs have moved swiftly to intervene. Keppie has played 79 games for the Sea Eagles since his debut in 2019.
Whether the Sea Eagles would be willing to contribute some of his salary at the Rabbitohs is a sticking point in negotiations.
he Souths coach has had his deal extended until the end of 2026, and was thought to have little salary cap space to improve his roster for 2024 outside of Jack Wighton’s arrival.
The Sea Eagles hope to re-sign veteran prop Lodge, despite tearing his ACL late in the season. He won’t be available until the second half of the 2024 campaign.