The Cowboys are set to let Josh McGuire join the Dragons as part of a three-player swap involving three clubs.
Meanwhile the Brisbane Broncos are in the hunt for Souths skipper Adam Reynolds.
Read on for all the latest NRL Transfer Whispers.
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COWBOYS TO LET MCGUIRE WALK IN THREE-PLAYER SWAP
The Cowboys, Dragons and Knights are considering a three-way player swap in a bid to get urgent help with injury crisis’ at all three clubs.
According to WWOS’ The Mole the swap deal proposes Cowboys forward Josh McGuire moving to the Dragons in exchange for St George Illawarra halfback Adam Clune.
That would allow the Cowboys to give halfback Jake Clifford an early release to join the Knights, who he is scheduled to link with in 2022.
Former Origin star McGuire is reportedly out of favour at the Cowboys with he and his management agreeing with the club that he could pursue his options elsewhere.
McGuire has a history with Dragons coach Anthony Griffin from their time at the Broncos and the pair have a good relationship.
Clune is behind injured Dragons skipper Ben Hunt in the halfback pecking order and Corey Norman is the preferred other halves option.
However Hunt’s broken leg could delay the three-way swap as Clune fills in at halfback for the next month at least.
The Knights are a team in crisis after Mitchell Pearce was rubbed out for 10 weeks with a pectoral injury and want Clifford to join the team asap.
Once Hunt is fit it appears that the three clubs could pull the trigger on the move that suits all parties.
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BRONCOS ENTER RACE FOR SOUTHS SKIPPER
Adam Reynolds looks all but set to leave Redfern at the end of the season after rejecting a two-year extension from South Sydney
The Bunnies held talks with Reynolds’ manager Steve Gillis camp on Wednesday where they put forward a one-year offer with an option in the club’s favour to extend the deal until 2023, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
While the two-year offer was a show of faith to Reynolds, the club option would have given Souths the power to cut ties if things did not work out.
It was a contract worth $700,000 per year but Reynolds is now likely to head to the market and test his value.
Reynolds wants a three-year deal for security as he heads into the final part of his career.
But the Rabbitohs didn’t want to offer him a lengthy contract and be burned down the track by a potential big payout as they had to do with the retirements of Sam Burgess and Greg Inglis.
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“We’ll now engage with interested parties and explore the market and see where that takes us,” Gillis told NRL.com on
“I anticipate there will be plenty of interest in him. We’ll just work through that and see how we go.”
Reynolds will now ramp up discussion with the Cowboys who are widely regarded as the frontrunner to secure his signature due to the impending retirement of Michale Morgan due to a chronic shoulder injury.
NRL.com, meanwhile, reports the Broncos have held discussions internally about Reynolds hitting the market.
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While coach Kevin Walters declared the club was “at this stage” prioritising the retention of young gun half Tom Dearden and Kotoni Staggs, Reynolds would be an upgrade on their current playmaking stocks.
Walters on Wednesday delivered a damning assessment of $1 million halfback Anthony Milford who is off contract at the end of the season.
Originally published asNRL star triggers three-team player swap
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