All 16 NRL clubs are on the verge of a crucial phase in the development of their rosters for the future.

While several players around the game remain without deals beyond this season, others will become free agents when the November 1 deadline strikes, meaning they negotiate with rival clubs and secure their futures for 2024 onwards.

Not a Kayo subscriber? You can still watch Kambosos Jr. vs Haney without a subscription. Order here

Roster decisions made over the next 12 months could impact clubs for many years to come and have the potential to fast-track or hinder a club’s quest for an NRL premiership.

The Sporting News has taken a dive into the off-contract list of all 16 clubs over the next two seasons, assessed where each sits and identified the key areas that need addressing in their rosters moving forward. 

BRISBANE BRONCOS

Players off-contract: 21

2022: Deloise Hoeter, Ryan James, Albert Kelly, Rhys Kennedy, Te Maire Martin, David Mead, Corey Oates, Keenan Palasia, Jake Turpin, Billy Walters

2023: Jesse Arthars, Selwyn Cobbo, Thomas Flegler, Tyson Gamble, Kobe Hetherington, Corey Jensen, Brenko Lee, Tesi Niu, Cory Paix, Jordan Pereira, Ethan Quai-Ward

Priority re-signings: Thomas Flegler, Selwyn Cobbo

STATE OF PLAY

The Broncos have a significant chunk of their 2021 roster coming off-contract in the next 12 months and Kevin Walters will no doubt be thinking deeply about what pieces he will want to carry forward with him as he continues his rebuild at Red Hill.

While Flegler, Cobbo and even Hetherington have been instrumental this season, there are several other names on the list above that Brisbane would be determined not to lose.

Key position: Five-eighth 

The Broncos are doing fine at the moment with what they’ve got but you get the sense a marquee five-eighth to partner Adam Reynolds in the halves could potentially take them from being a finals contender to a premiership force. Cameron Munster has been floated as a potential target, but Eels No. 6 Dylan Brown could be another excellent option, given his age, and so too Jackson Hastings.  

CANBERRA RAIDERS

Players off-contract: 16

2022: Adam Elliott, Matt Frawley, Ryan Sutton, Jack Wighton (PO), Sam Williams

2023: Jarrod Croker (PO), Emre Guler, Albert Hopoate, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Jordan Rapana, Harry Rushton, Xavier Savage, Brad Schneider, Harley Smith-Shields, Tom Starling (PO), Joseph Tapine

Priority re-signings: Jack Wighton, Xavier Savage, Joseph Tapine

STATE OF PLAY

Looking to the future, Canberra’s roster is the most settled of any club around the NRL. With Jack Wighton almost certain to take up a player option until 2024 and Jamal Fogarty signed long-term, plus Starling said to be a done deal, Ricky Stuart has just about locked in his spine for future seasons, plus most of the big names in his forward pack are also locked down. The Raiders now need to decide what they’ll do with the fullback position.

Key position: Fullback

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Jordan Rapana and Xavier Savage will all become free agents at the end of this season, leaving the Raiders with a big call to make. Do they put all their faith in gun rookie Savage at 20 years of age, or play the patient game with him and throw another short-term deal at Rapana or Nicoll-Klokstad to give Savage time to develop? Or do they go to the market looking for a marquee option? The money is on them trying to lock down Savage long-term, but where does that leave the other two, who are both grand final players and representative stars?

CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS

Players off-contract: 26

2022: Matt Doorey, Matt Dufty, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Jack Hetherington (MO), Reece Hoffman, Tui Katoa, Max King, Jeremy Marshall-King (PO), Joe Stimson, Jackson Topine, Paul Vaughan, Brandon Wakeham

2023: Paul Alamoti, Corey Allan, Jake Averillo, Bailey Biondi-Odo, Braidon Burns, Matt Burton (PO) Joshua Cook, Kyle Flanagan, Josh Jackson, Jayden Okunbor, Chris Patolo, Ava Seumanufagai, Luke Thompson, Corey Waddell

Priority re-signings: Matt Burton, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Luke Thompson

STATE OF PLAY

The Bulldogs could boast one of the biggest player exoduses’ in the competition by the end of next season with just about their entire top 30 roster set to come off-contract in that time. It will give whoever is anointed their next coach a chance at a clean slate and a genuine chance at assembling the world-class roster Bulldogs fans have craved after several years down the bottom of the ladder.

Only a small handful of players stand out as crucial for the club to retain, including exciting rookies Paul Alamoti and Bailey Biondi-Odo.

Key position: Fullback

Matt Dufty has done little to alleviate the issues the Bulldogs have long had in the fullback position and the club are more than likely to go in a different direction, with news the former Dragon will join Super League outfit Warrington next year. With cash to burn, the Bulldogs could look at Cowboys pair Scott Drinkwater or Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow as potential targets, or perhaps Tigers star Daine Laurie. If they can keep Burton on the books, that would give them a finals-calibre spine with Reed Mahoney arriving next year.

CRONULLA SHARKS

Players off contract: 20

2022: Jayden Berrell, Andrew Fifita, Wade Graham, Mawene Hiroti, Royce Hunt, Matt Moylan, Briton Nikora, Franklin Pele, Jenson Taumoepeau, Aiden Tolman

2023: Matt Ikuvalu, Sione Katoa, William Kennedy, Lachlan Miller, Ronaldo Mulitalo, Jesse Ramien, Siosifa Talakai, Jenson Taumoepeau, Braydon Trindall, Teig Wilton

Priority re-signings: Siosifa Talakai, Briton Nikora, Ronaldo Mulitalo, William Kennedy, Jesse Ramien

STATE OF PLAY

Cronulla have a fair chunk of their roster this season off-contract, including a handful of big names. The likes of Talakai, Nikora, Kennedy and Mulitalo are set to earn upgrades, which could stretch the club’s salary cap if they’re forced to offer more to ward off rival offers. Outside of the big names, there are some important role players in Craig Fitzgibbon’s side that the Sharks can also not afford to lose. The Sharks coach will be happy with what his roster has been able to produce so far this season but, with 20 players off-contract, he’ll no doubt be doing some thinking in background about who he can still afford to lose in order to continue assembling a premiership-calibre roster.

Key position: Five-eighth

Cronulla have the forward pack ready to push for a premiership, but question marks remain over the make-up of their backline heading towards the future. While the back five are largely settled, and Nicho Hynes looks like a long-term player in the No. 7, it remains to be seen whether Matt Moylan or Braydon Trindall are the answer at five-eighth. Moylan has been solid and complemented Hynes well as the more dominant playmaker, playing arguably his best footy since arriving at the club. He’d warrant a new deal, but with some of the options in the No. 6 coming on the market, it’ll be interesting to see whether Fitzgibbon is tempted to put big money towards a big name to join Hynes in the halves.

GOLD COAST TITANS

Players off contract: 20

2022: Aaron Booth, Herman Ese’ese, Shallin Fuller, Esan Marsters, Sam McIntyre, Kevin Proctor, Corey Thompson, Jarrod Wallace

2023: Erin Clark, David Fifita, Sosefo Fifita, Patrick Herbert, Brian Kelly, Alofiana Khan-Pereira, Greg Marzhew, Sam McIntyre, Will Smith, Corey Thompson, Paul Turner, Joseph Vuna

Priority re-signings: David Fifita, Brian Kelly

STATE OF PLAY

With 20 players off-contract in the next two seasons, the Titans have a genuine shot at refining their roster in their bold bid to win two NRL premierships by 2030. You could argue that not one name on the list above really jumps out and demands a new contract, not even David Fifita. The next four months of the season shapes as pivotal as Justin Holbrook tries to decide who he wants and who he’s happy to let leave. 

Key position: Hooker

The Titans’ lack of quality in the hooker position has been vastly evident this season. They have Kieran Foran arriving next year, who will provide excellent foil in the spine for youngster AJ Brimson, Toby Sexton and Jayden Campbell. But Holbrook really needs a topline No. 9 if he’s realistic about becoming a premiership-winning coach. There’s no shortage of options on the market, with Damien Cook, Reece Robson and Jeremy Marshall-King available at the end of 2023.

MANLY SEA EAGLES

Players off contract: 17

2022: Morgan Boyle, Andrew Davey, Manase Fainu, Sione Fainu, Jorge Taufua, Martin Taupau

2023: Josh Aloiai, Ethan Bullemor, Lachlan Croker, Reuben Garrick, Morgan Harper, Brad Parker, Jason Saab, Toafofoa Sipley, Ben Trbojevic, Alec Tuitavake, Kaeo Weekes

Priority re-signings: Reuben Garrick, Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab

STATE OF PLAY

One of the smaller lists of off-contract players over the next two years around the competition but it’s more about who than how many for the Sea Eagles. Just about their entire back five, barring Tom Trbojevic, are without long-term deals and will no doubt draw some attention from rival clubs on the market. Aloiai, Bullemor, Taupau, Sipley and Croker are all mainstays of the forward pack who are also unsigned beyond 2023. It’s been well-documented the Sea Eagles are under some salary cap constraints given the amount of money they have tied up in Daly Cherry-Evans and the two Trbojevics, which will no doubt leave them with some culling to do over the next 12 months. 

Key position: Hooker

Lachlan Croker has proven as an outstanding stop-gap option in the No. 9 over the last two seasons, having transformed from a halfback. But a world-class rake could be what’s standing between them and really taking it to a Penrith or Melbourne in the coming years. The Sea Eagles are relatively well-stocked in other areas of their roster, but their depth around dummy-half, particularly with Dylan Walker bound for the Warriors next season and Sione Fainu’s ongoing court saga, may need addressing.

MELBOURNE STORM

Players off contract: 21

2022: Tom Eisenhuth, Dean Ieremia, George Jennings, Cooper Johns, Tui Kamikamica, Chris Lewis, Jayden Nikorima, Justin Olam

2023: Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Jordan Grant, Tui Kamikamica, Josh King, Trent Loiero, Nick Meaney, Tepai Moeroa, Cameron Munster, Justin Olam, Jonah Pezet, Tariq Sims, Will Warbrick, Tyran Wishart

Priority re-signings: Cameron Munster, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Justin Olam

STATE OF PLAY

All eyes are on one man, as the future of star five-eighth Cameron Munster continues to be a hot topic of conversation. Melbourne have done incredibly well to lock in the rest of their spine long-term. Ryan Papenhuyzen, Harry Grant and Jahrome Hughes could potentially be forming a new iteration of the Storm’s fabled  ‘Big Three’. However, the cherry on top of the cake will be if Munster spurns advances from the likes of Redcliffe and signs on to become a one-club player. 

Key position: Edge forward

Felise Kaufusi and Kenny Bromwich, Melbourne’s two premiership-winning edge forwards, are bound for the Dolphins next year, leaving the club both shorter on experience and presence out wide. If there’s any coach who can fill the void left by an experienced player it’s Craig Bellamy, who has somehow managed to keep the Storm at the top despite the loss of Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater over the years.

Experience like Bromwich and Kaufusi’s is hard to replace and Tariq Sims will do a job short-term, but beyond that options like Bayley Sironen, Egan Butcher or Shaun Lane could be worth considering. 

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS

Players off contract: 18

2022: Daejarn Asi, Lleyton Finau, Temple Kalepo, Dunamis Lui, Freddy Lussick, Marcelo Montoya, Jack Murchie, Iliesa Ratuva, Pride Petterson-Robati

2023: Bunty Afoa, Shaun Johnson, Edward Kosi, Marcelo Montoya, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Aaron Pene, Adam Pompey, Bayley Sironen, Jazz Tevaga

Priority re-signings: Jazz Tevaga, Bunty Afoa

STATE OF PLAY

The Warriors have already signed Marata Niukore, Luke Metcalf, Dylan Walker and Mitch Barnett for 2023 and beyond, highlighting some big roster changes are incoming over the next 12 months. Euan Aitken has been granted a release for next year, while Chanel Harris-Tavita will take a break from the game – two key players from the side this season. Aside from Jazz Tevaga and Bunty Afoa, who have both been excellent servants for the club, you get the sense that everyone else on that list is fighting for their future at the club. 

Key position: Centre

Nathan Brown has experimented with several different players across his back five this season and it’s done little to improve results. Rocco Berry, Adam Pompey, Viliami Vailea and Jesse Arthars have all featured in the centres this year but Brown’s chopping and changing over the first 11 rounds suggests he hasn’t been happy with the output he’s getting in the position. Metcalf and Walker could play a role there in 2023, but the Warriors might be better off going to the market to find a specialist long-term, such as Brian Kelly from the Titans or Hymel Hunt from the Knights.

NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

Players off contract: 23

2022: Phoenix Crossland, Anthony Milford, Jirah Momoisea, Brayden Musgrove, Simi Sasagi, Pasami Saulo, Sauaso Sue, Leo Thompson

2023: Jake Clifford, Adam Clune, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Tyson Frizell, Bailey Hodgson, Hymel Hunt, Jack Johns, Brodie Jones, David Klemmer, Kurt Mann, Chris Randall, Leo Thompson, Enari Tuala, Dominic Young

Priority re-signings: Tyson Frizell, David Klemmer, Lachlan Fitzgibbon

STATE OF PLAY

There’s a solid chunk of players off-contract in Newcastle over the next two seasons and with Adam O’Brien’s side seemingly going backwards, he may look to enact a minor overhaul of his roster. It could make for an intriguing situation when it comes down to players on big contracts like Klemmer and Frizell, who some would argue haven’t been playing to their price tag. Just about every player off-contract between now and the end of 2023 has played some kind of role in the team this year and the Knights can’t keep them all. 

Key position: Halfback

Adam Clune has done a commendable job in the No. 7 this year, particularly as he’s been forced to play through injury for much of it, but Newcastle just haven’t looked the same side without Mitchell Pearce. It’ll therefore be a big surprise if they don’t go hard at the market in search of a topline halfback over the next 12 months. The Knights tried hard to get Luke Brooks over the pre-season to no avail but with the Tigers playmaker off-contract at the end of 2023, they could try again. Beyond Brooks, there aren’t too many marquee options that fit the Pearce mould other than Ben Hunt and Shaun Johnson.

NORTH QUEENSLAND COWBOYS

Players off contract: 25

2022: Kane Bradley, Lachlan Burr, Mitchell Dunn, Brendan Elliot, Jake Granville, Ben Hampton, Connelly Lemuelu, Jordan McLean, Emry Pere, Tyreece Woods

2023: Ben Condon, Scott Drinkwater, Jake Granville, Peta Hiku, Laitia Moceidreke, Jeremiah Nanai, Griffin Neame, Riley Price, Reece Robson, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Murray Taulagi, Jamayne Taunoa-Brown

Priority re-signings: Scott Drinkwater, Jeremiah Nanai, Reece Robson, Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Murray Taulagi

STATE OF PLAY

Outside of the Bulldogs, the Cowboys are the club with the most players off-contract between now and the end of 2023 and arguably the side with the most interest around them when it comes to the make-up of their roster long-term. A salary cap squeeze beckons in Townsville as the wins keep ticking over for the red-hot Cowboys this season. Especially with exciting young prodigies like Nanai, Tabuai-Fidow, Drinkwater, Robson and Taulagi, whose price tags are rapidly rising. It’ll take a monstrous effort from the club’s list management department to keep this side together beyond next year.

Key position: Front row

The Cowboys seem to have settled on a gun spine and possess class, power and spark out wide. But one area they may look to strengthen is their middle rotation. Todd Payten has shifted players in and out of the front-row and tinkered with his middle rotation a lot this season, which has seen Jason Taumalolo played predominantly as a prop. But the Cowboys could do with another talismanic middle forward to lessen the load on the Taumalolo and add more experience to what is otherwise a fairly young pack. 

PARRAMATTA EELS

Players off contract: 19

2022: Sam Loizou, Ryan Matterson, Solomone Naiduki, Tom Opacic, Hayze Perham, Mitch Rein, Ky Rodwell

2023: Jakob Arthur, Waqa Blake, Dylan Brown, Nathan Brown, Bryce Cartwright, Wiremu Greig, David Hollis, Shaun Lane, Will Penisini, Sean Russell, Maika Sivo

Priority re-signings: Dylan Brown, Will Penisini, Nathan Brown, Shaun Lane

STATE OF PLAY

Much like the Cowboys, the Eels have some big contracts to confront in the coming few months with several of their starting 17 out of contract at the end of next year. They won’t let Brown sit on the market too much longer, with his halves pairing with Mitch Moses looking more settled every week. But there are some high-profile names on the list you get the sense Parramatta will be reluctant to engage in a bidding war for, which could see some slip through the cracks. Outside of that, the Eels have a strong nucleus of their core first-grade side signed long-term in a good sign for their tilt towards a premiership.

Key position: Hooker

Reed Mahoney will depart Parramatta at season’s end, and while Josh Hodgson is set to arrive on a two-year deal from next year to fill the gap, the club will need a longer-term solution. At 32 and his body starting to give him issues, the Eels will need to start thinking who will succeed Hodgson and even provide him support over the next two seasons. 

PENRITH PANTHERS

Players off contract: 22

2022: Eddie Blacker, Christian Crichton, Matthew Eisenhuth, Kurt Falls, J’maine Hopgood, Taylan May, Sean O’Sullivan, Chris Smith, Lindsay Smith, Jaeman Salmon, Chris Smith, Preston Riki, Sunia Turuva

2023: Stephen Crichton, Thomas Jenkins, Spencer Leniu, Soni Luke, Liam Martin, Scott Sorensen, Charlie Staines, Izack Tago

Priority re-signings: Taylan May, Stephen Crichton, Liam Martin, Izack Tago

STATE OF PLAY

The Panthers are another club with a good chunk of their top 30 squad unsigned long-term, and when you consider the quality of the talent on this list, it suggests a salary cap squeeze is emerging at the foot of the mountains. Penrith will refuse to lose the likes of Crichton, Martin, Leniu, May and Tago, but they’ll be forced to pay up as rival clubs attempt to swoop on last year’s premiers’ abundant talent pool. Whether they’ll be able to keep all the big names could be one of the storylines of the next 18 months. 

Key position: Second-row

How the Panthers go about replacing the presence of Bulldogs-bound Viliame Kikau next year will be very interesting. Ivan Cleary has plenty of solid middle-tier back-rowers at his disposal, but nobody who has proven capable of filling the huge void that Kikau will leave on their attack. Although going to the market would be the obvious option for Cleary to take in addressing the loss of Kikau, the Panthers have shown in the past they can develop young players into seasoned first-graders in a matter of games and could possibly back their junior stocks to replace Kikau. It’s not the only key position the Panthers may need to address, with Api Koroisau leaving for the Tigers after this season.

SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS

Players off contract: 21

2022: Zane Bijorac, Michael Chee Kam, Josh Mansour, Taane Milne, Jaxson Paulo, Isaiah Tass, Lachlan Gale

2023: Thomas Burgess, Jed Cartwright, Damien Cook, Siliva Havili, Jacob Host, Lachlan Ilias, Terrell Kalo Kalo, Liam Knight, Latrell Mitchell, Davvy Moale, Kodi Nikorima, Hame Sele, Blake Taaffe, Cody Walker

Priority re-signings: Latrell Mitchell, Damien Cook, Cody Walker, Lachlan Ilias

STATE OF PLAY

With three of their most important players after new deals beyond 2023, the Rabbitohs have some big business on their hands over the coming months. Walker, Mitchell and Cook represent a big portion of the salary cap, while the like of Ilias, Taaffe and Tass are the players of the future the club will also be keen to retain. Beyond that, the futures of players like Host, Havili, Burgess, Sele and Knight, who have been important members of the Rabbitohs’ starting 17 this season, are largely uncertain. As they did with the contract of Adam Reynolds last season, Souths aren’t afraid to make big calls when it comes to managing their salary cap and whether this resurfaces in the negotiations with a number of their big names off-contract this year will make for an interesting watch. 

Key position: Centre

The Rabbitohs are yet to settle on an answer for Dane Gagai’s move to Newcastle over the off-season, which some would suggest has been a big factor in their struggles in attack this season. While there are a couple of minor holes in other areas of their backline that Jason Demetriou is currently trying to tinker with, a world-class centre to fill the void left by Gagai would add another dimension in attack for the Rabbitohs and help complement the threat of Walker, Mitchell and Alex Johnston with the ball. Looking at the centres off-contract in the next two seasons, Waqa Blake, Jesse Ramien and Brian Kelly stand out as viable options that would still fit within the club’s salary cap.

ST. GEORGE ILLAWARRA DRAGONS

Players off contract: 18

2022: Billy Burns, Poasa Faamausili, Jackson Ford, Jack Gosiewski, Jaidyn Hunt, Tautau Moga, Josh McGuire, Shalom O’Ofou, Aaron Woods

2023: Junior Amone, George Burgess, Tyrell Fuimaono, Ben Hunt, Josh Kerr, Blake Lawrie, Moses Mbye, Andrew McCullough

Priority re-signings: Ben Hunt, Junior Amone

STATE OF PLAY

The Dragons have a good mix of experience and youth locked in long-term at the club, but with 18 players unsigned beyond 2023, they still have some big decisions to make around their roster for the future. Their key priority will be keeping Hunt and Amone to provide security in the halves and give a nod to the present and future success of the club. Outside of that they have a number of forwards in their best 17 this season without deals long-term and with the way their big men have performed this season, it won’t be a surprise to see some let go. With Tariq Sims moving on at the end of this year, there’ll be some cash to spend in that department.

Key position: Prop

The Dragons looks very settled in their backline, particularly if they manage to retain gun youngster Amone and also keep Hunt at the club. They look settled on the edges too with Jack Bird and Jaydn Su’A signed long-term. Where they really need improvement is in the middle forwards department.

Although they could still get more out of him, Francis Molo looks like a great purchase, Lawrie and de Belin have been solid enough this year and the Red V have a few gun young middles coming through the ranks, but a player like Tom Flegler from the Broncos or David Klemmer could potentially transform this forward pack from a fringe finals team into a top-four contender.

SYDNEY ROOSTERS

Players off contract: 20

2022: Angus Crichton, Moala Graham-Taufa, Tuku Hau Tapuha, Adam Keighran, Lachlan Lam, Ben Marschke, Kevin Naiqama, Daniel Suluka-Fifita, Ben Thomas

2023: Renouf Atoni, Fletcher Baker, Egan Butcher, Drew Hutchison, Adam Keighran, Victor Radley, Billy Smith, Daniel Tupou, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sam Walker, Connor Watson

Priority re-signings: Sam Walker, Angus Crichton, Victor Radley, Daniel Tupou

STATE OF PLAY

With four huge names and a smattering of key personnel around them off-contract at the end of next year, plus limited room to move in the salary cap, the next 18 months looks very interesting from a roster management perspective at the Roosters. Walker is clearly the No. 1 signing priority for the club, particularly with the Dolphins lurking, while Radley and Tupou would also be expected to stay on. Crichton appears to be on the outer having fielded interest from the Tigers recently, which could clear up some cap space. What all of this means long-term for the likes of Baker, Butcher and Watson – all key members of Trent Robinson’s 17 this year – remains to be seen.

Key position: Front-row

With talisman Jared Waerea-Hargreaves off-contract at the end of 2023 and most likely set for retirement, plus Sio Siua Taukeiaho moving on, the Roosters will need to decide how they’re going to fill his big shoes upfront. Lindsay Collins is signed long-term and will be seen as the new leader of their pack, but he’ll need help around him. There are some exciting young props on the books at Bondi, but you can expect Robinson to go to the market to further bolster his middle rotation with another experienced and hard-working front-rower or two.

WESTS TIGERS 

Players off contract: 20

2022: William Kei, Jock Madden, Henry O’Kane, Tommy Talau, James Tamou, Kelma Tuilagi, Brandon Tumeth

2023: Shawn Blore, Luke Brooks, Adam Doueihi, Oliver Gildart, Jackson Hastings, Asu Kepaoa, Daine Laurie, Jacob Liddle, Brent Naden, Joe Ofahengaue, Tyrone Peachey, Alex Seyfarth, Tukimihia Simpkins, Starford To’a

Priority re-signings: Adam Doueihi, Jackson Hastings, Luke Brooks

STATE OF PLAY

Some major roster movements can be expected at Concord over the next 18 months as football manager Tim Sheens begins getting his hands dirty on his rebuild at the Tigers. The joint venture have some huge names set to become free agents either this year or next and after a decade without playing finals, not many players can consider themselves safe at the Tigers. Doueihi and Hastings will be key targets for the club to retain, but what they do about Brooks will no doubt be a big headline that lingers through the year, given the money the halfback is on. Outside of that, there’s a host of regular first-graders in Michael Maguire’s side without deals long-term, who will be all but playing for their future this season.

Key position: Edge forwards

With Luciano Leilua, Kelma Tuilaga and Luke Garner all bound for the exit door this year, the Tigers’ back-row stocks have been ripped to shreds. Softening the blow will be the arrival of Eels powerhouse Isaiah Papali’i, but the Tigers will need strike on both edges if they’re to be a threat in the competition. Leilua, in particular, has been a key player for Maguire since arriving from the Dragons and the impact he provides in attack will be really hard to replace. They’ve reportedly been in talks with Angus Crichton, who would be a huge pick-up, but if that falls short Knights star Tyson Frizell could be an excellent alternative for the club to target. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.