Transfer Whispers: Souths block Chooks on teen star; hidden clause to cruel Broncos

South Sydney is prepared to offload the teen sensation on everyone’s lips... but they won’t let him join their arch enemy.

And an unwanted Broncos star has a contract clause that means he won’t want to leave Red Hill.

Here are the latest NRL transfer whispers.

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SOUTHS PLAN TO FOIL CHOOKS’ CHASE OF TEEN STAR

Teen sensation Joseph Suaali is hot property and perhaps the biggest contract talking point in Australian sport right now.

The South Sydney prodigy is the subject of an intense tug-o-war between rugby league and rugby union, and specifically a number of clubs on both sides of the sporting divide.

The latest rumours have him linked to the Roosters and Wests Tigers.

Channel 9 journalist Danny Weidler says the Rabbitohs are all but resigned to losing the young talent... but they won’t let him be snatched up by their biggest rival.

“Souths are saying they really don’t think he’s going to be at their club,” Weidler told Big Sports Breakfast radio.

“They are prepared to release him in the right way. They would be most comfortable if he was in rugby union so he’s not at a rival club.

“They are firm in their view there is no way the Roosters will be getting him... that will be part of any sort of release.”

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STICKING POINT IN MATT LODGE CONTRACT

It’s been reported hulking prop Matt Lodge is one of a number of players new Brisbane coach Kevin Walters is keen to offload.

The Courier Mail last week wrote Walters has as many as 10 players on the chopping block in a brutal start to his reign at the Broncos.

Lodge signed a fresh three-year extension only last year but the Courier Mail is now reporting there was a hidden clause in that deal.

In fact two hidden clauses - Lodge apparently has a further two years in his favour on that contract.

It means the Broncos may struggle to get him off their books given he’s guaranteed so much money at Red Hill.

All Lodge has to do is choose to activate those extra two years and he’s set up for a long time.

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DOGS TO SIGN FIREBRAND FORWARD

Promising Penrith forward Jack Hetherington is on his way to Canterbury under new coach Trent Barrett.

The Bulldogs are on the verge of confirming the signing after the Panthers agreed to release the 24-year-old from the final year of his contract.

Hetherington has played only 23 games since his NRL debut in 2018 but he’s also been suspended five times.

There’s a believe if Barrett can get the young hardnut to control his temper on the field he will have himself a quality forward capable of sticking it to the real hardmen in the competition.

That was proven when Hetherington got under the skin of Roosters enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves a few weeks ago.

Hetherington was on loan to the Warriors when he went toe to toe with the Kiwi international, and got the better of him.

Barrett wants some of that fire to kick his Bulldogs into life and Hetherington can be that firebrand they need, if he can stay on the park next year.

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PANTHERS EXTEND FINALS STAR

Penrith has given Tyrone May a new one-year contract, according to The Daily Telegraph.

May was stood down last year and charged over his involvement in a sex tape scandal, but this year has turned it around to squeeze back into the side that’s about to play a preliminary final against South Sydney.

He’s been slotting into the centres or off the bench in a utility role, such is the depth of talent at the club.

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"Forgotten his natural game"

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TITANS SNAP UP WARRIORS BACK

Gold Coast has pounced on Warriors outside back Patrick Herbert.

The Courier Mail reports Herbert has inked a one-year deal and will join the Titans in pre-season.

Gold Coast is assembling one of the most exciting teams in the competition for next season with the addition already of Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and David Fifita.

Herbert played 13 games for the Warriors this year and proved himself to be a handy pick-up at centre or on a wing.

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