The Raiders are set to meet with unwanted Dragons fullback Matt Dufty as insurance for the injured star Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys and the Broncos are fighting it out for Panthers and Maroons star Kurt Capewell.
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UNWANTED DRAGONS STAR LINKED TO RAIDERS SWITCH
The Raiders will meet with Dragons fullback Matt Dufty this week about a potential move to the nation’s capital.
Brent Read revealed on Triple M that the Raiders are considering Dufty as a solution to their fullback woes in light of the neck injury to Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.
“He has a meeting scheduled in Canberra with the Raiders this week,” Read said on Triple M.
“I know his management are looking around for him. They have made contact with Canberra who will meet with him this week.
“They have some money to spend with George Williams gone. They have finally settled with George Williams who will be officially leaving the club.
“He has left but the official paperwork will go through this week. They have some money to spend and it looks like they are going to have a look at Matt Dufty.
“They have Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad there coming off some pretty serious neck surgery and he won’t play again this year.
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“I think they are looking at Dufty as insurance for Nicoll-Klokstad. If they do move ahead and sign him then maybe it means Nicoll-Klokstad moves to the centres.
“I think they think they might get him at good value. He is a good player and he has had a pretty good year and he gives them good depth there.
“Canberra has emerged as a bit of a wildcard there.
“Brisbane are in as well or thinking about coming in so he is going to have a few options.
“Amazingly given the way he has played he won’t have many options, but I think that is because most clubs are settled at fullback.”
Despite Dufty’s starring performance against the Broncos on Thursday night the Dragons are not about to change their mind on their fullback, according to Read.
“I spoke to the club on Friday and their stance hasn’t changed and he won’t be at the Dragons,” Read said.
“That decision has been made and they won’t be reversing it.”
BRONCOS FACING FIGHT FROM COWBOYS FOR PANTHERS ORIGIN STAR
The Cowboys have ramped up their pursuit of Panthers backrower Kurt Capewell in a bid to steal him from under the noses of arch rivals the Broncos.
The Daily Telegraph reported that the Cowboys are considering a three-year deal for the Origin second-rower.
The Panthers are keen to hold onto Capewell past this season, with a two-year deal reportedly being considered by the club.
However the Panthers are dealing with a tight salary cap after re-signing star trio Isaah Yeo, Jarome Luai and Stephen Crichton this year.
Capewell’s manager Clinton Schifcofske told The Daily Telegraph that the Broncos and Cowboys are well in the race to land the 27-year-old.
“Kurt hasn’t finalised his future yet, the Cowboys and Broncos are still very much in the picture,” Schifcofske said.
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“It looked like Kurt was going to stay at the Panthers but Penrith’s position has changed a little bit, so we’ll see where he ends up.
“The Cowboys have tabled an offer and they have been great in discussions. Kurt has been really impressed with Todd Payten and Micheal Luck, they’ve conducted themselves really well so North Queensland are right in the mix.”
A one-year extension at the Panthers would place Capewell on the market ahead of the 2023 season, when a second Brisbane side is likely to gain the NRL’s 17th license.
“A second Brisbane team is also an option, but that could be a timing thing for Kurt depending on the length of his next deal,” Schifcofske said.
The Broncos hurt their chances of luring Capewell after lowballing him with an offer that was $80,000 short of his current price at the Panthers.
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KNIGHTS LOCAL JUNIOR SHOPPING AROUND DESPITE OFFER FROM CLUB
Knights second-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon is reportedly testing his value on the open market despite receiving a two-year extension offer from Newcastle.
Brent Read revealed on Triple M that the 27-year-old was looking at other potential offers from NRL rivals.
“He is off-contract and the Knights have made him an offer for a couple of years,” Read said on Triple M.
“The issue for him is his management has now shopped his name around to other clubs, so the sense is he maybe wants to see if he can get more elsewhere.
“He is an interesting one on a couple of levels. In the off-season when the Mitchell Pearce texting scandal was going on and there was suggestions that he had fallen out with Fitzgibbon over that.
“They have to be careful with how they handle it, but they have made him an offer and he is considering it.
“I think his management are looking for a better deal or some more bargaining power for him elsewhere.
Fitzgibbon has scored 25 tries in 83 games for the Knights since his debut in 2015.
DRAGONS LOOKING TO POACH EELS BACKROWER AND SOUTHS CENTRE
The Parramatta Eels have a fight on their hands from the Dragons over the services of reborn back-rower Bryce Cartwright.
David Riccio revealed on 2GB’s Continuous Call Team that the Dragons had shown interest in the 26-year-old former Panthers and Titans forward.
“The Dragons are keeping an eye on Bryce Cartwright as far as his contract situation with the Eels,” Riccio told 2GB’s Continuous Call Team.
“He is off-contract and if he can’t strike a deal there I wouldn’t be surprised if Griffin makes a play for Cartwright.”
Cartwright has scored 23 tries in 120 games since his debut for the Panthers back in 2014 and has scored three tries in eight games for the Eels this season.
Meanwhile the Dragons are looking at Souths centre Braidon Burns to shore up their backline stocks.
“The Dragons are also keeping an eye on Braidon Burns,” Riccio said.
“If Dane Gagai stays at the Bunnies then Burns will be on the move.”
Burns, 24, has scored eight tries in 34 games for the Rabbitohs since his debut in 2017.