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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Roosters identify Cronk replacement


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Brooks in Roosters' sights

The Sydney Roosters have identified Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooke as a possible replacement for Cooper Cronk as the reigning halfback of the year remains without a deal heading into the 2020 season.

Cronk's contract with the club ends at the completion of the 2019 season and the tri-colours are already looking to solidify their playmaking stocks after securing the 2018 premiership.

Brooks would like to link up with former teammate and close friend James Tedesco and is also managed by Isaac Moses, who brokered the deal for Tedesco to join the Roosters from Tigers last year.

It's said Brooks is looking to find a deal that matches his worth, after taking less money to stay loyal to the Tigers after teammates Tedesco, Aaron Woods and Mitchell Moses all left the club.

Brooks had his his best season in the NRL to date and will be in high demand with the Eels, Raiders and Warriors looking to fill playmaker roles in their squads.

The current coaching merry-go-round wouldn't be helping the Tigers retain him either, with the instability surrounding the coaching position surely testing his patience.

Knights reject player swap for Klemmer

Newcastle has knocked back calls from Canterbury for a player trade for David Klemmer, as negotiations continue to get the Kangaroos forward to the Knights.

While he’s still on Canterbury’s books, Klemmer is almost certain to sign a four-year deal with Newcastle within the month but the deal won’t include a players swap according to Newcastle director of football Brian Canavan.

“They presented the notion to us about a trade but I just responded to that by telling them we won’t be releasing any of our players,” Canavan told the Newcastle Herald.

Canavan also responded to reports that former Sharks centre Jesse Ramien would be involved in a trade, shutting down that suggestion.

 “As I understand it, the Dogs were in the market for Jesse Ramien when he originally signed here at the start of last season,” he said.

“So that is where that would have come from because they are looking for an outside back.”

The Newcastle official also recognised the situation the Bulldogs are in and sympathised with their fans.

“They may continue the hunt elsewhere and we fully appreciate what the Dogs are doing. They are in an awkward situation,” he said.

“We are just waiting. I couldn’t put a time-frame on when the whole thing will be resolved. But as far as us giving up a player, well they know our position on that. 

“I’m sure they are looking at all their options as we speak.”

Manly's Kelly heading back home

Even though Sea Eagles outside back Brian Kelly signed an extension to stay with Manly, there's word he wants to head back to the Gold Coast.

Kelly’s original deal with the Sea Eagles expired on November 1 and there has been no announcement from the club he has re-signed.

Merrin on the move

Trent Merrin is set to leave Penrith with a four-year deal with Leeds from 2019 on the table.

However there are also suggestions Wayne Bennett has already asked South Sydney to chase Merrin for 2020.

Either way it seems he won't be at Penrith next season.

but either way it looks as though the former State or Origin representative is leaving the mountains.

 

Brooks in Roosters' sights

The Sydney Roosters have identified Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooke as a possible replacement for Cooper Cronk as the reigning halfback of the year remains without a deal heading into the 2020 season.

Cronk's contract with the club ends at the completion of the 2019 season and the tri-colours are already looking to solidify their playmaking stocks after securing the 2018 premiership.

Brooks would like to link up with former teammate and close friend James Tedesco and is also managed by Isaac Moses, who brokered the deal for Tedesco to join the Roosters from Tigers last year.

It's said Brooks is looking to find a deal that matches his worth, after taking less money to stay loyal to the Tigers after teammates Tedesco, Aaron Woods and Mitchell Moses all left the club.

Brooks had his his best season in the NRL to date and will be in high demand with the Eels, Raiders and Warriors looking to fill playmaker roles in their squads.

The current coaching merry-go-round wouldn't be helping the Tigers retain him either, with the instability surrounding the coaching position surely testing his patience.

Knights reject player swap for Klemmer

Newcastle has knocked back calls from Canterbury for a player trade for David Klemmer, as negotiations continue to get the Kangaroos forward to the Knights.

While he’s still on Canterbury’s books, Klemmer is almost certain to sign a four-year deal with Newcastle within the month but the deal won’t include a players swap according to Newcastle director of football Brian Canavan.

“They presented the notion to us about a trade but I just responded to that by telling them we won’t be releasing any of our players,” Canavan told the Newcastle Herald.

Canavan also responded to reports that former Sharks centre Jesse Ramien would be involved in a trade, shutting down that suggestion.

 “As I understand it, the Dogs were in the market for Jesse Ramien when he originally signed here at the start of last season,” he said.

“So that is where that would have come from because they are looking for an outside back.”

The Newcastle official also recognised the situation the Bulldogs are in and sympathised with their fans.

“They may continue the hunt elsewhere and we fully appreciate what the Dogs are doing. They are in an awkward situation,” he said.

“We are just waiting. I couldn’t put a time-frame on when the whole thing will be resolved. But as far as us giving up a player, well they know our position on that. 

“I’m sure they are looking at all their options as we speak.”

Manly's Kelly heading back home

Even though Sea Eagles outside back Brian Kelly signed an extension to stay with Manly, there's word he wants to head back to the Gold Coast.

Kelly’s original deal with the Sea Eagles expired on November 1 and there has been no announcement from the club he has re-signed.

Merrin on the move

Trent Merrin is set to leave Penrith with a four-year deal with Leeds from 2019 on the table.

However there are also suggestions Wayne Bennett has already asked South Sydney to chase Merrin for 2020.

Either way it seems he won't be at Penrith next season.

but either way it looks as though the former State or Origin representative is leaving the mountains.

 

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