Less than 24 hours after the NRL’s November 1st, the player market was already on fire when Penrith Panther’s winger Josh Mansour patted the shoulder and said he could go elsewhere in 2021.
The Bulldogs also shot themselves from a cannon over Panther’s young gun, Matt Burton, and signed a two-year contract worth around $ 800,000.
The nice thing about this time of year is that there is always the official list of NRL players out of contract and then the unofficial list of player clubs who choose to move on.
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Mansour has the legal right to dig his heels and pretend he doesn’t want to go anywhere. He has a contract for 2021.But because the one-time Test and Origin winger has $ 500,000 a season and the Panthers have a young gun, Charlie Staines decides to have the tough talk.
Mansour was brought in by coach Ivan Cleary and Panthers General Manager of Football Matt Cameron last week after the grand finale and said he would struggle to make the NRL squad next year.
It’s one of the brutal realities of professional sport these days.
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It doesn’t end there. South Sydney is preparing to release James Roberts to unblock key salary caps and give Jimmy the Jet the opportunity to exit downtown Sydney.
Which is for sure, Roberts most likely won’t be with the Rabbitohs next year – although he still has a year to complete his contract.
Last year, it was Latrell Mitchell and his fallout with the Roosters that became one of the biggest stories of the summer.
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The Bulldogs will officially sign a two-year contract for $ 800,000 for Panthers Young Gun Matt Burton on Monday.
Burton is signed for the next season but stuck at the foot of the mountains behind Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai and Tyrone May.
Luai is also out of contract at the end of 2021 and will receive an upgrade following the appointment of the NSW State of Origin team.
So the Panthers have to make some important decisions – hence the game of pushing Mansour out the door early.
If the Bulldogs can land Burton’s signature of 2022 and 2023, they will put the weights over the panthers, allowing the young gun playmaker an early release.
Josh Addo-Carr doesn’t seem ready to sign with the Wests Tigers for the next year and now looks more likely to stay with Prime Minister Melbourne.
In fact, the Tigers get him to sign an agreement for 2021.
The tigers are still the basket of the NRL Open Market. You’re fighting to sign a player.
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