The Panthers and Dragons are a participant swap between two rising younger forwards.
The Dragons are in need of edge forwards and are after 22-year-old Panthers back-rower Billy Burns, who has a handful of high grade video games to his identify however cannot break into the highest squad regularly.
Burns has strike energy – in 2019 he was high try-scorer for the Panthers’ NSW Cup aspect, with 12 tries from 20 video games.
In return, the Dragons want to ship the Panthers Eddie Blacker, a promising 21-year-old prop who performed one recreation within the NRL final season.
Penrith are looking out for props after dropping James Tamou and Zane Tetevano this 12 months and Blacker, an enormous man who weighs 116 kilos, might do a job for them.
SHARKS CHAIR WANTS ‘HIGH-PROFILE COACH’
So what’s behind Cronulla’s continued reluctance to re-sign coach John Morris?
The Sharks have been enjoying good footy – and that is regardless of lacking their essential man Shaun Johnson and loads of different gamers.
Their roster is hardly star packed – but Morris has guided them to the finals two years working and is on monitor to make it three from three.
I am listening to the issue is chairman Steven Mace – he needs a high-profile coach to spice up the membership’s potential to signal large names.
Morris is the bottom paid coach within the NRL however what Mace fails to grasp is that he has no downside attracting star energy – Johnson being one instance – as a result of gamers from rival golf equipment discuss to at least one one other.
Sharks gamers have informed rival stars that Morris is an effective man who will go into bat for them – and that is one thing any potential worker needs to listen to.
DRAGONS MAVERICK NEARING NEW CONTRACT
Earlier than the season started, phrase from the Dragons was that the membership could not eliminate the inconsistent Corey Norman rapidly sufficient.
However after three wins from 4 begins and a few helpful performances from the enigmatic five-eighth, Norman is getting near successful himself a contract extension.
It will not be on the large cash he’s presently on – and can in all probability be solely a one-year deal – however for Norman it is going to be a reward for his laborious work within the low season and robust begin to 2021.
MANLY BOSS RETURNS WITH BIG CALLS LOOMING
It has been a nightmare month for Manly chairman Scott Penn, referred to as again from New York as his membership crumbles round him, spending two weeks in quarantine after which heading straight to the catastrophe at Brookvale final Thursday.
And Manly followers, nonetheless irate on the sacking of membership legend Geoff Toovey, have been fast to remind Penn of his phrases on the time: “It is a outcomes pushed enterprise.”
This from the identical membership who lately – and stunningly – gave the under-pressure Des Hasler a contract extension.
Now he’s again on the town, Penn has some powerful choices to make – each on his membership’s under-performing enjoying roster and the way forward for Hasler.
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