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  1. #736
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    Their is a subscriber article on the CM website if someone could please post it

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    Trade rumours hit overdrive as Andrew Fifita linked to Titans
    Paul Crawley, The Daily Telegraph
    January 16, 2020 6:23am
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    Cronulla and Gold Coast have been forced to shut down the NRL’s latest potential player transfer bombshell, that star prop Andrew Fifita could be a possible contender to take Jai Arrow’s place at the Titans this year.

    In the wake of Latrell Mitchell’s move to South Sydney in a summer of transfer twists and turns, the latest rumour emerged on Wednesday that the Sharks could be willing to release Fifita to ease their own salary cap pressure.

    It was suggested this could ultimately open the door for Arrow to make the move to South Sydney for the start of the 2020 season.

    It came as speculation intensified that a devastated Adam Doueihi was likely to end up at Wests Tigers following Mitchell’s arrival at Souths, while Melbourne flyer Josh Addo-Carr is now being linked to the Sydney Roosters in the wake of Mitchell’s exit.


    It is understood Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett has told Doueihi that while he doesn’t want to lose him, he told the talented youngster it would be in his best interests to go now so he can cement an NRL starting spot at the Tigers this year.

    The trouble is the Tigers want the Bunnies to help out with some of Doueihi’s reported $500,000 salary but at this point Souths won’t so much as entertain an exit payout.


    Meanwhile Cronulla coach John Morris was adamant Fifita was not for sale.

    Morris explained that the Sharks were still searching for another front-rower to replace Matt Prior and losing Fifita would make no sense.

    It is no secret the Sharks have some salary cap issues but Morris maintained “we are not pushing anyone out the door”.

    Gold Coast head of culture and performance Mal Meninga was equally confused where the talk initiated.

    In past years this sort of rumour could be ignored but in the current climate even Meninga conceded “where there is smoke there is usually fire”.

    “But that’s a new one for me,” Meninga said. “It’s a beauty but no, we are staying with Jai for 2020. There are no advancements at all to be honest with you.”

    Meninga praised Fifita as a footballer and said he had been impressed in how he had developed into a leader. But he still maintained that did not mean Fifita was on the Titans’ radar.

    Meninga said he would continue communications with South Sydney football boss Shane Richardson but at this stage there was nothing to suggest Arrow would not see out the final year of his Titans contract.

    The Rabbitohs are desperate to make the switch with Arrow happen sooner rather than later after losing Sam Burgess and John Sutton to retirement.

    After signing Mitchell the Bunnies now have a squad that is close to challenging the Roosters for premiership favouritism but they really need another top class middle forward to try and fill Sam Burgess’ enormous boots.

    The other possible scenario would be if Melbourne granted young sensation Tino Fa’asuamaleaui an early release to Gold Coast.

    At this point the Storm are playing hardball and are not prepared to release Fa’asuamaleaui from the final year of his current contract, although if it happens that could potentially set off a chain reaction of player swaps at rival clubs.

    What no one would dispute is that there is a stack of changes still to come before the season kicks off.

    Doueihi is the most likely Rabbitoh to leave Redfern in the wake of Mitchell’s arrival.

    Doueihi is understandably shattered that he has had his dream of owning the Rabbitohs’ No.1 jumper crushed at this late stage of the preseason, especially after Bennett had virtually assured him first crack at the fullback job this year before Mitchell became a viable option.

    Bennett has apparently told Doueihi he had to make a similar tough call letting Arrow go from Brisbane a few years back but the young prop rose to the challenge by becoming one of the game’s highest paid forwards, but right now that is little comfort to Doueihi.

    While the Tigers want the Rabbitohs to assist with Doueihi’s salary for 2020, the Rabbitohs are not willing to consider paying the Tigers any money. Souths maintain they have available salary cap space to keep Doueihi this season regardless.

    Doueihi would be an easy fit at the Tigers given he played junior reps at the club and still lives close by with his parents at Strathfield, which is why he doesn’t want to move out of Sydney.

    There is also talk Addo-Carr could still end up in Sydney this year and possibly playing at the Roosters despite the fact the Storm have said previously they would not release the star winger for 2020.

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    Just another rubbish article from a rubbish reporter

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    Crawley writes what Bennett tells him to

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    How to get paid twice as a reporter.
    Step 1 write an article that is false and a baseless rumour.
    Step 2 get paid per click
    step 3 write an article about how the rumours are wrong
    Step 4 Get paid per click

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    Don't know if anyone follows Clarkeys Column on Instagram, but he's saying now that Latu has been offered to the Super League, with Leeds showing interest.

    Fingers crossed, please let that be true!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobes View Post
    Don't know if anyone follows Clarkeys Column on Instagram, but he's saying now that Latu has been offered to the Super League, with Leeds showing interest.

    Fingers crossed, please let that be true!
    Yeh hopefully it’s true! Someone on here was saying a big money forward was suppose to be announced as leaving.. guessing it was him

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    After a 2019 to forget, the fitness and attitude of Ash Taylor has his NRL teammates excited about the year ahead for the Gold Coast halfback.

    Taylor managed 10 first grade games for the Titans last year as form and off-field issues took their toll on the 24-year-old.

    After taking a break from the game for personal reasons, Taylor returned to the NRL in August only for his first game back to end in a 58-6 mauling by the Sydney Roosters at the SCG.

    It would be his final NRL match of the year as he ended the season playing for Tweed Heads Seagulls in the Queensland Cup.

    The arrival of new coach Justin Holbrook has brought a renewed energy to the Titans and veteran forward Kevin Proctor believes it is bringing out the best in Taylor.

    "He's come back in a really good mindset. He's put his head down and bum up," Proctor said.

    "This is as fit as I've seen him look. He's really enjoying his footy at the moment as well.

    "Hopefully he keeps that up and keeps it into the season."

    Taylor's woes often left young gun AJ Brimson carrying the load in the halves last season.

    Brimson played halfback, five-eighth and fullback across 21 matches in 2019 but has been told by Holbrook to focus on the No.1 jersey in 2020.

    But he believes if Taylor's mentor Tyrone Roberts can avoid the niggling injuries that restricted him to 15 matches last year, they loom as a potentially devastating combination for the Titans.

    "Obviously we know how Ash and Tyrone can play together and we've seen glimpses this pre-season when they're both healthy and fit on the field together - they look good," Brimson said.

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    Telegraph saying we are one of 3 teams in with a chance of signing Luke Thompson but Dogs are favourites

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whats Doing View Post
    Telegraph saying we are one of 3 teams in with a chance of signing Luke Thompson but Dogs are favourites
    Let’s hope Holbrook steps up and tries to bring him here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whats Doing View Post
    Telegraph saying we are one of 3 teams in with a chance of signing Luke Thompson but Dogs are favourites
    This would be for 2021??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bods View Post
    This would be for 2021??
    Yep and speculated asking price is $700k which would be overs in my opinion

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    Don't rate him being on 700k that's for sure. Let the Dogs have him for that price

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    Are there any incremental changes to the cap next year?
    Four reasons to escape to Queensland: Sun, Surf, Sand & the Titans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanic View Post
    Are there any incremental changes to the cap next year?
    Small change from 9.8mill to 9.9mill


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