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NRL: Transfers and latest rumours

With the clock counting down until the start of the NRL season, here’s a look at the latest transfers and rumours of potential moves ahead of the start of the campaign.

Matt Moylan 

Taking up a new challenge in the Super League with Leigh Leopards, Matt Moylan was granted a release from his deal with Cronulla Sharks to make the switch to England.

Moylan had a year remaining on his deal with the Sharks but the former Penrith Panther has been allowed to join Leigh, where he has signed a two-year contract.

The Test and Origin representative will leave a hole in the Cronulla squad, with the Sharks at 23.00 to win the NRL grand final next season.  

Jarome Luai

There has been plenty of speculation regarding the future of five-eighth Jarome Luai as Penrith Panthers desperately try to retain his services.

The three-time premiership winner is believed to have been offered $850,000 for a two-year contract to stay with the reigning champions.

However, reports have suggested Wests Tigers have made an audacious bid to land the player and are prepared to offer $4m-plus for a long-term contract.

There have been twists and turns already in this story and it remains to be seen who Luai will be running out for come the start of the season.

The Panthers are 3.75 favourites to win the grand final for a record fourth-consecutive season next year.

Bradman Best

Another player attracting interest from the Tigers, who appear to have cash to spend, is Newcastle Knights centre Bradman Best.

The 22-year-old caught the eye with his performances for the Knights last season and the Tigers are believed to have offered $800,000 for the player to make the switch to South West Sydney.

However, reports have suggested Best is happy at Newcastle and is likely to remain at the club for at least another campaign.

The Tigers are outsiders at 101.00 to win the grand final next season, while the Knights are 26.00 to be crowned champions.

Joseph Manu

St George Illawarra are also thought to be ready to splash the cash, with reports suggesting they are ready to spend almost $5m to land Joseph Manu from the Sydney Roosters.

Coach Shane Flanagan has already spoken on the subject, saying the chance to bring Manu to the Dragons would be "enormous for our club”.

Now into the last year of his contract at the Roosters, Manu is allowed to negotiate with other clubs and it looks like the Dragons are trying to beat their rivals to the punch.

The Kiwi international will be one of the most coveted signatures on the market and it’s believed the Dragons are prepared to offer Manu a seven-figure salary to make the switch before the start of the brand-new NRL season.

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