Another club switch looms for axed halfback


Do not be stunned if out-of-favour Bulldogs playmaker Kyle Flanagan finally ends up again had been all of it started for him – at Cronulla – in 2022.

Dumped by the Roosters final season, Flanagan has already been axed by Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett, who has set his sights on Broncos teenager Tyson Gamble for subsequent season.

If Gamble does be a part of the Bulldogs, there’s merely no level in Flanagan staying.

And the Sharks are determined for a playmaker, with Chad Townsend shifting to the Cowboys and Shaun Johnson, Matt Moylan and Braydon Trindall all off contract and prone to go away.

Flanagan labored with incoming Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon on the Roosters final 12 months and remains to be held in excessive regard within the Shire.

A transfer again to his roots might be simply what Flanagan wants to realize his undoubted potential.


One other younger halfback with a giant resolution to make is rookie Eels fill-in Jake Arthur.

Arthur’s attempt on debut in opposition to the Warriors on Sunday – and the response of proud dad Brad within the coach’s field – was the emotional spotlight of Magic Weekend.

The teenager appeared prime shelf in his first outing in prime firm however is aware of that for the following couple of years no less than, he will probably be in reserve grade behind the established pairing of Mitchell Moses and Dylan Brown.

Arthur comes off contract on the finish of 2022 and at round this stage of subsequent 12 months, must determine whether or not to remain on board together with his father or search a primary grade spot elsewhere.


Rampaging ahead Renouf Atoni could also be misplaced to the Bulldogs subsequent season – as a result of he’s sick of dropping.

Atoni has appeared good in a struggling Canterbury facet this 12 months and he’s within the sights of no less than three golf equipment – the Sharks, Dragons and Cowboys.

The 25-year-old Kiwi-born prop is glad sufficient on the Bulldogs, who’re eager to re-sign him.

However Atoni has gained simply 11 of the 39 video games he has performed – and the lure of that successful feeling may even see him pack his baggage and go away in 2022.


Grand final-winning centre Brenko Lee has been the forgotten man of the Storm’s 2020 premiership triumph.

Lee is a typical Craig Bellamy success story – he went from fringe first grader and league nomad to premiership winner and State of Origin participant in a number of quick months.

However a hamstring harm has laid Lee low this season and he has but to play an NRL sport.

And with Justin Olam and Reimis Smith going nice weapons within the centres, Lee has seen the writing on the wall.

Final week he signed for 2 years with the Broncos, who will probably be his sixth membership in eight years.

The younger Broncos are after expertise and with a premiership ring and State of Origin win behind him, the 25-year-old definitely has loads of that.

With Kotoni Staggs set to shift from centre to five-eighth subsequent season, Lee shapes as the right participant to interchange him out vast.

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