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Which NRL club is showing interest in a possible swap deal for Dragons star Zac Lomax? And it’s not the Eels. The Dragons could potentially finish up with a handy front-rower.

Any chance it’s Alioia??
The Dolphins have pulled off a major coup by extending boom halfback Isaiya Katoa in a $2m deal.
The 20-year-old playmaker was under contract until the end of next year but has extended to 2028.

The Dolphins were determined to take the highly regarded former Penrith junior off the market, knowing rival clubs would have pounced when he was free to talk in November.

There is a desperate depth shortage in quality halves in the NRL.

You look at the Titans and Tanah Boyd against the Bulldogs. The poor bugger had an absolute shocker.

Isaiya Katoa will remain at the Dolphins until the end of 2028. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

Isaiya Katoa will remain at the Dolphins until the end of 2028.

The struggles Souths are having with Lachlan Ilias and Dean Hawkins.

Newcastle has dumped Jackson Hastingsafter two games.

What do the Dragons do when Ben Hunt moves on?

And at the Bulldogs, I’m not sure Drew Hutchison is a long-term option.

Not everyone can have a Nathan Cleary, Daly Cherry-Evans, Jahrome Hughes or Mitchell Moses.

The great ones are hard to get, hence the Dolphins’ move.
There are fears David Fifita could exercise a get out clause in his contract by Round 10 as the Titans roster was slammed amid their horror start to the season under new coach Des Hasler.

The Titans were thrashed by the Dragons and Bulldogs in their only two games so far this season and it could get a lot worse against some of the top sides in the coming weeks.


NRL market watch: Cowboys, Bulldogs, Broncos in two-player swap deal, Parramatta fight to keep Ethan Sanders and Blaize Talagi​

The Cowboys, Bulldogs and Broncos are set for some roster rotation, with multiple deals confirmed to see forwards on the move between the clubs. READ THE LATEST TRANSFER NEWS.
Brent Read and Michael Carayannis

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April 16, 2024 - 12:38PM
News Corp Australia Sports Newsroom

NRL: A move to the Raiders in 2025 could be the reason why Eels coach Brad Arthurs has yet to play young Ethan Sanders, despite the injury to Mitchell Moses.

North Queensland have signed Canterbury forward Harrison Edwards on an immediate long-term deal which is expected to allow Cowboys back-rower Jack Gosiewski to link up with the Broncos.
Edwards will sign with the Cowboys for the next three seasons while Gosiewski is set to have his hopes of a release to Brisbane granted.

It is understood Gosiewski will play two more matches for North Queensland before being free to join the Broncos in a bid to stiffen up Brisbane’s forward stocks.
Gosiewski has asked for multiple releases which had so far been denied. But now with a ready-made replacement they are now likely to grant Gosiewski his request to leave.
Edwards, who was off-contract at the end of the season, has played 17 games for the Bulldogs since making his debut in 2022.
He has played one game for the Bulldogs this year but was ruled out of their last start loss to Melbourne with a concussion.

-Brent Read
Canberra have wasted no time resurrecting their pursuit of boom Parramatta half Ethan Sanders as the Eels’ quest to retain not just one – but two – of their rising stars officially enters the danger zone.
Sanders was in talks with the Raiders last year before the NRL changed their rules, preventing players with limited experience in senior rugby league negotiating with rival clubs prior to the end of round six.
With round six now complete, Sanders and fellow Eels star Blaize Talagi have hit the open market with clubs queuing to speak to both players.
This masthead understands that the Raiders made contact with Sanders’ camp on Monday and remain clear frontrunners for the 19-year-old, having identified him last year as a long-term successor to Jamal Fogarty in the No. 7 jersey.
Talks were believed to be in motion before the rules changed but the Raiders’ interest never waned and while the Eels have indicated they want to keep Sanders, he is expected to move clubs at the end of the season given his path to first grade is blocked at Parramatta by Dylan Brown and Mitchell Moses.

Even the absence of Moses in recent weeks hasn’t been enough to convince coach Brad Arthur to hand him a first grade debut, a decision that is believed to have pushed him closer to the exit door.
Sanders also has some familiar faces at Canberra to lean on – he played in the NSW under 19 team with Ethan Strange and Chevy Stewart. Talagi, meanwhile, has been given a taste of first grade and has an option in his contract for next season, but is yet to inform Parramatta whether he intends to take up the clause.
It means he is now up for grabs and this masthead understands that a number of clubs are circling the 19-year-old, who has played three first grade games already this season.

Arthur handed Talagi his debut in the centres but then shifted him to five-eighth when Moses went down. After two weeks in the No. 6 jersey, he was dropped last weekend and now has a decision to make as he weighs up whether to stay at the Eels or explore the open market.
His future hangs in the balance as the Eels prepare to finalise a deal with St George Illawarra centre Zac Lomax. Parramatta will confirm Lomax’s signature this week on a deal believed to be worth $2.7 million from next season.
The Dragons are bracing for Parramatta to push for Lomax to gain an early release, although St George Illawarra have made it clear they won’t given that any consideration unless they are given a player of equal standard in return.

-Michael Carayannis
St George Illawarra are set to sign New Zealand hooker Fa’amanu Brown for at least the rest of the season.
Brown has returned to Australia after a short stint with Hull FC with his English club announcing his departure in recent days. It is understood he will link up with the Dragons immediately pending a passing of his medical.
St George Illawarra have been desperately looking to add another hooker/half to its squad with very little cover in their current top 30.
Dragons coach Shane Flanagan worked with Brown at Cronulla. Brown has since gone on to play for four NRL clubs having played two games for Newcastle last year.

He made his New Zealand debut last year playing in three matches including the Kiwis’ 30-0 win against Australia in the final of the Pacific Championships.
Brown could easily come into the Dragons top 17 and provide the club with a solid back-up option to regular rake Jacob Liddle.

So far this season the Dragons have used Connor Muhleisen and Jesse Marschke as cover for Liddle.
Brown will make up the final spot on the Dragons’ 30 man roster. He requested and was granted a release from his Hull FC contract to return to Australia for family reasons.
The 29-year-old has played 56 NRL games.
Joey Manu will leave the Sydney Roosters in 2025 after signing a year-long deal with Japanese rugby union side Toyota Verblitz.

Manu's exit has been on the cards for months with the Roosters and Verblitz, who boast former All Blacks coach Steve Hansen among their staff, finally confirming the move on Tuesday.


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