Round 10 gave us plenty of action on the field, but it also marks that time in the season where rumours and back corridor whispers start surfacing.
Unhappy players are looking for the exit doors and others are in the mix for big paydays, either way, the rumour mill is in overdrive.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the more intriguing rumours around the National Rugby League.
Issues for Kenny Edwards could see him turfed out at Parramatta
He’s well known as an effective on-field performer, but with the news now public that Parramatta’s Kenny Edwards fled from police after being spotted driving a motor vehicle unlicensed, the key decision makers at the club appear set to cut ties.
The 28-year-old fronts Fairfield Local Court tomorrow after reportedly waiting over a month to inform club officials of the incident.
Edwards has a string of bad behaviour in his past, including a nine-month suspension for providing a urine sample on behalf of teammate Kaysa Pritchard during a drug test back in 2015, but this may be the last straw for the talented big man.
It is expected club officials will wait on the outcome of Edwards’ court appearance before making a final decision on his future, but word out of Parramatta doesn’t appear positive.
Hodkinson could be playing for Manly by this Saturday
It has been eight years since Trent Hodkinson donned a Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles jersey but he could be about to change that with a mid-season switch just in time to tackle the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park this Saturday night.
Hodkinson, who left Manly for the Bulldogs before resurrecting his career with the Newcastle Knights, accepted a short-term deal with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks after being ousted in favour of Mitchell Pearce up north, but has seen limited game time at the Sharks and appears ready to move again.
A switch to the northern beaches would also provide Trent Barrett some much-needed relief in the halves with Jackson Hastings on the outer, Lachlan Croker injured and Dylan Walker a poor substitute as a partner for Daly Cherry-Evans.
The move appears all but done, the only issue now will be whether or not Hodkinson will get onboard quickly enough to play Melbourne this weekend or not.
Eels target Origin calibre enforcer
It’s no secret the Eels have been found wanting a little in the physical middle third, but it appears the club are willing to throw money at the problem and poach prop forward David Klemmer away from bitter rivals Canterbury-Bankstown.
Klemmer has been back to his very best over the last few weeks and was the Bulldogs standout performer in their win over Parramatta this past weekend, putting himself right in the shop window for a big move and the Eels appear the most likely to come up with an enticing offer.
Salary cap problems at the Bulldogs could also aid the Eels in their bid to snare Klemmer, with the Belmore-based club reportedly keen on freeing up plenty of cap space before allowing first-year head coach Dean Pay to rebuild the squad more to his liking.
Could the Sea Eagles lose a big-name star?
He’s probably been one of their best performers in a pretty dire season, but with salary cap pressures taking hold on the northern beaches, reports are surfacing that prop forward Marty Taupau might be the first high-profile casualty of the dollar-crunch.
Taupau has been outstanding for the Sea Eagles in 2018, running hard and clocking big metres each and every week, but with halfback Daly Cherry-Evans scooping up a huge percentage of the cap at Manly and a need for Trent Barrett to reshape his squad and rebuild a competitive unit, Taupau could be the sort of big-dollar casualty that allows some flexibility in the recruitment market.
Reports suggest the Sydney Roosters are monitoring the situation and are very interesting the former Wests Tigers man should he come on the market.
Mansour now likely to stay out west
With the now season-long talk that Penrith star Josh Mansour would be on the move at the end of the 2018 season now starting to wind down, it looks like the off-contract star will be offered enough moolah to stick around with the Panthers long term.
‘Sauce’ has been a huge key to the Panthers success over the last couple of seasons and looked destined to add more Origin caps for New South Wales before a shocking facial injury suffered against the Gold Coast Titans earlier this season ruled him out.
Now seemingly out of the shop window, it appears Mansour and the Panthers will reach an agreement sooner rather than later.
Unhappy Panther looking for a way out
With news that Josh Mansour should be staying with the club, things are looking a lot rosier for the Panthers, but we are hearing there is at least one man unhappy with the way things have played out.
Tyrone Peachey signed a deal to join the Gold Coast Titans for the 2019 season, citing the big-money move as the perfect opportunity to provide for his young family and while few at the club begrudged ‘Peach’ his move, it has been suggested the live wire utility may be having second thoughts about his decision.
We’re hearing Peachey is pining for the days of the ‘DCE back-flip’ where he could annul the whole thing and commit long-term in Penrith.
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