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NRL News Round-up: Myles to move to Melbourne

Rippa Staff 19 May 2017
  • Nate Myles moves to Melbourne
  • Titans suffer another season-ending injury
  • Dugan days away from a new club
Nate Myles

Steve Bennett rounds up all the latest NRL news including Nate Myles on the move to Melbourne

Triple M has reported that veteran Manly forward Nate Myles will join the Melbourne Storm next year. 

Although he is contracted to the Sea Eagles until the end of the 2018 season, the report suggests that Manly are prepared to release him from the final year of his contract after they were approached by a Storm club representative.

This will be the fourth NRL club Myles has hung his hat in. After debuting with the Bulldogs in 2005, he has since played for the Sydney Roosters and Gold Coast Titans before joining the Sea Eagles in 2016.
This news follows reports of Bulldogs forward Sam Cassiano being in negotiations with the Storm as the Bulldogs try to shed players for incoming players next year. Five-eight Josh Reynolds has already confirmed his move to the Wests Tigers which makes way for the incoming Warriors playmaker Keiran Foran.

Newcastle winger Nathan Ross is likely to line up in reserve grade this weekend after comments he made to the media regarding his contract with the club.

The 28-year-old is contracted to the club until the end of 2018 but has been quoted in the local Newcastle paper on Thursday as saying he would seek a pay rise based on his strong start to the season.

Knights coach Nathan Brown has voiced his disappointment with Ross’s comments and game some suggestion that he could be missing from the first grade squad this weekend.

“We’ll keep what we’re doing with Ross’s selection in-house and we’ll move forward” Brown said.

Ross trained with the Intrust Super Cup side on Thursday.

Seems it never rains but pours on the Gold Coast with by far the competition’s worst injury toll this season, and unfortunately for the club, things just got worse.

After not long welcoming back injured players Nathan Peats, Anthony Don and Jarryd Hayne, lock-forward Ryan Simpkins has been ruled out for the season with a torn ACL. He joins outside back Dan Sarginson who has just undergone surgery on his shoulder that will all but end his season as well.

Coach Neil Henry has promoted Leivaha Pulu to the run-on side and Dale Copely takes over on the wing for Sarginson. Karl Lawnton and Nathaniel Peteru come onto the interchange bench.

St.George-Illawarra have raised the white flag in a sign that ends any hope of retaining International Josh Dugan after the 2017 season.

Negotiations have been on-going between the club and Dugan’s management without an agreement getting close to a done deal. Dugan is all about remaining at fullback which under the current regime calls for a higher payday than that of a centre/three-quarter. 

While Dugan currently plays in the fullback role with the club, the latest offer on the table is that of a centre which is around $750,000 a season. Cronulla have tabled Dugan a four-year deal worth almost $1 million a season and it is also alleged that he will remain at fullback.

However, the guarantee of the number one jersey is now under debate with Sharks coach Shane Flanagan adamant that current fullback Valentine Holmes will remain in the role, for now at least. 

Dragons recruitment officer Ian Millard admitted on recently that Dugan was all but gone.

“We’ve been in negotiations since November last year so it’s been an on-going process but we’ve been advised by his management that they’ve got a rival club that has made a significant offer” Millward said.  

Dugan has claimed all along that ‘it’s not the money’ and it’s all about playing fullback. Time will determine this issue.

The already strained relationship between the South Sydney club and current fullback Cody Walker took a turn for the worse this week when Walker told the club he would not be taking up his option for 2019 and would be leaving the club.

Unhappy with his current salary package which he signed last year it is understood that he is now hoping for an early release to take up a new deal with another club for the 2018 season. Talk of possibly signing Knights fullback/winger Dane Gagai on a large deal have only fuelled the fire. 

It is understood Walker is on just $200,000 a season which puts him in lowest paid bracket. Souths are unwilling to upgrade him at this stage. 

Club’s currently with an iron in the fire are the Brisbane Broncos who are willing to offer $650,000 a season and the Melbourne Storm who see Walker as a possible replacement for the departing Cooper Cronk.

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