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NRL: Wests Tigers handed Moses boost

The future of Mitchell Moses as a Parramatta Eels player remains the talk of the town, while the Dolphins have named their first ever team with the new NRL season fast approaching.

The season will get underway on 2nd March with the Eels taking on the Melbourne Storm and although Moses is locked in for 2023, it remains to be seen where he will be playing his footy in 2024 and beyond.

There has been a big development with the chase as an interested party has pulled out of the running. Excitement is also building ahead of the Dolphins inaugural NRL campaign and coach Wayne Bennett has named his first ever team that will take to the pitch in their opening trial this weekend.

Elsewhere in the NRL, the pressure is on St George Illawarra coach Anthony Griffin before the season has even started, while the race is on to sign a Newcastle Knights ace with half a dozen clubs interested.

Lets take a look at the very latest news coming from the NRL.

Moses in demand

The long-term future of Eels playmaker Mitchell Moses remains a huge talking point and there has been a big twist with the news the Canterbury Bulldogs are now out of the running. The Bulldogs and Wests Tigers have both been chasing the New South Wales State of Origin star but it now looks as though the latter could have a free run.

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That is because the Bulldogs have opted to sign a potential star of the future in the form of 18-year-old Karl Oloapu from the Brisbane Broncos. The winger, who can also play halfback, is 10 years younger than Moses and the Bulldogs clearly believe he has what it takes to get to the very top.

It means that if Moses is to leave Parramatta in 2024 then the Tigers are in the box seat. Reports claim they will offer the player $1.4million a season and that is a figure the Eels will be unable to match.

The Eels are priced at 13/1 to win the premiership in 2023.

Dolphins name first ever team

The Dolphins will step up their preparations for their inaugural NRL campaign when they take on the Central Queensland Capras on Saturday.

Wayne Bennett’s men begin their NRL campaign against the Sydney Roosters, but the side that takes to the field on Saturday is made up of fringe players and youngsters from his 30-man squad.

But it is still a big moment nonetheless and gives those selected a big chance to impress ahead of the Roosters opener. The Dolphins are priced at 8/1 to make the top eight in their debut season.

Griffin cool ahead of big season

The 2023 NRL season is still a month away but there is already talk that Dragons coach Anthony Griffin is under pressure. 

The Red V missed out on the top eight in 2022 and another season without finals footy could spell the end of his time at the club. Reports have suggested that Griffin needs a strong start to the season and if he does not get one then the powers that be could make a call.

However the 56-year-old says he is not feeling any pressure at all and told reporters he is enjoying one of the best off-seasons of his coaching career. Griffin is not the only coach in need of a good start.

Gold Coast Titans boss Justin Holbrook and Newcastle Knights chief Adam O’Brien are also feeling the heat. Funnily enough the Dragons face the Titans in their first game of the season.

St George Illawarra are priced at 11/4 to make the top eight.

Race hots up for Young

The Newcastle Knights face a huge battle to keep hold of Dominic Young beyond the end of this season following reports as many as six clubs are attempting to lure him away.

The English winger was a revelation for the Knights last season when scoring 14 tries before he also went on to shine for his country at the World Cup. South Sydney Rabbitohs have already spoken to the player and now reports claim the Canterbury Bulldogs have also shown him around their facilities.

Newcastle have not given up hope of securing Young to a long-term deal but it would appear the player is having his head turned by offers from elsewhere.

The Knights are priced at 5/1 to make the top eight and such a finish could convince Young to stay put.

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