off-contract players, Tevita Pangai Jnr, Matt Lodge, Broncos, Josh Hodgson, Matt Dufty, club by club, rosters, signings

The NRL transfer market is hard to keep up with at the best of times.

But throw in players making mid-season switches, salary cap pressure and coaches looking to build their squad before the August 1 deadline, let’s face it, it’s a hot mess at the moment.

So, has had a look at every club’s current situation including an update on the future of some off-contract stars and as well as those who are contracted — but have question marks hovering over their future.

Read on for a club-by-club contract state of play.

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Off-contract: Jesse Arthars, John Asiata, Dale Copley, Alex Glenn, Danny Levi, Richie Kennar, David Mead, Anthony Milford, Tesi Niu, Keenan Palasia, Ben Te’o, Kobe Hetherington, Isaiah Tass

Mid-season signing: Karmichael Hunt (from Souths Logan Magpies/Queensland Cup)

Departed mid-season: Reece Walsh (to Warriors)

Departing at end of 2021: Xavier Coates (from Storm)

Incoming for 2022: Adam Reynolds (from Rabbitohs), Brenko Lee (from Storm)

Question marks: Matt Lodge, Tevita Pangai Jnr


The firebrand forward was tapped on the shoulder last week and told he is free to look elsewhere.

It’s understood the 25-year-old was blindsided by the club’s decision to move him on, however he said after his side’s 46-nil loss that he hopes to have his future settled within the next three weeks.

Pangai Jnr has been heavily linked to the Wests Tigers. It comes after revealed he had a secret meeting with Tigers bosses alongside Broncos teammate Jamayne Isaako last month.


Matt Lodge’s contract saga has taken another turn with the prop being linked to the Warriors after the Knights backed out of negotiations.

It’s no secret that Brisbane are under a bit of salary cap pressure and with Lodge earning around the $800,000 mark annually, he is in the firing line.

The 25-year-old was told earlier this year that he is free to talk to rivals. He was linked to the Knights and it’s understood he came quite close to signing, but Newcastle have since ended talks.

A potential switch to the Warriors has now emerged

Lodge is contracted to the Broncos until the end of 2022 with an option in his favour for 2023 and 2024.


From the $1 million man to no contract, it’s been a dramatic fall for Anthony Milford but with a halves merry-go-round very much in full swing the 26-year-old is bound to land a new deal… it just probably won’t be with the Broncos.

If Adam Reynolds’ signing wasn’t a big enough hint that Milford is on his way out, coach Kevin Walters has previously indicated that Kotoni Staggs will be given the opportunity to partner Reynolds, wearing Milford’s No.6 jersey next season.

According to The Courier Mail, the 26-year-old’s management approached the Titans with the hopes of a $600,000-per-year deal, but they were only prepared to offer $400,000.

He then had “crisis talks” with the Broncos about his future. Walters has confirmed the conversation and has put the ball in the under pressure playmaker’s court.

“He is aware of what he needs to work on… it’s not the end… Anthony has control of his career, not the Broncos or this football club,” he said.

Unfortunately for Milford, a knee injury has ruled him out until at least Round 18. That gives him just eight games to fight for a contract — and he may be forced to play those games in Queensland Cup.

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Off-contract: Caleb Aekins, Matt Frawley, Siliva Havili, Albert Hopoate, Sebastian Kris, Dunamis Lui, Jordan Rapana, Harley Smith-Shields, Sia Soliola, Semi Valemei, Sam Williams, Darby Medlyn, Clay Webb, Kai O’Donnell

Departed mid-season: George Williams (released)

Question marks: Josh Hodgson


The veteran hooker is contracted to the Green Machine until the end of 2022 but even he has admitted he genuinely doesn’t know if he’ll be at the club next season.

Hodgson has had the type of start to a season he’d rather forget. Form and injuries combined, he found himself on the bench at one stage and he stepped down as captain.

When asked whether he would be at the club in 2022, the 31-year-old told The Daily Telegraph: “I don’t know. This is honest. I don’t know.”

Hodgson was linked to the Broncos but hosed that down pretty quickly. However that rumour keeps popping up.

Given the shortage of quality rakes in the competition, we don’t think Hodgson will have any problems finding a new club.

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Off-contract: Renouf Atoni, Dean Britt, Christian Crichton, Will Hopoate, Sione Katoa, Tui Katoa, Lachlan Lewis, Jeremy Marshall-King, Nick Meaney, Dylan Napa, Ofahiki Ogden, Jayden Okunbor, James Roumanos, Ava Seumanufagai, Chris Smith

Departed mid-season: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (to the Warriors)

Incoming for 2022: Josh Addo-Carr, Matt Burton and Brent Naden


More than 170 NRL games and five appearances for New South Wales and may not be enough to score Will Hopoate a new deal with the Bulldogs.

Going off the signings Trent Barrett has made since joining the club, he’s mainly looking for youth as he rebuilds Canterbury’s roster.

Hopoate recently told AAP his future was “up in the air” but “it would be good to stay.” The 29-year-old’s position in the squad could be under threat with Josh Addo-Carr and Brent Naden heading to Belmore next season.


The giant forward hasn’t reached his full potential since joining the Bulldogs in 2019. But Napa has found some form in the last couple of months despite his team languishing near the bottom of the ladder.

In the Bulldogs’ first win of the season, Napa had one of his best games, running for 130 metres and making 19 tackles — one of them a trysaver.

The 29-year-old also finished last Sunday’s game against the Eels with a team-high of 132 running metres, one tacklebust, an offload and 21 tackles in 34 minutes.

Napa is said to be earning around the $650,000 mark but after not hitting expectations at Belmore he not only could be on the hunt for a new club, but may have to accept a hefty pay cut too.


The utility back is reportedly being chased by the Melbourne Storm, which is no surprise given he’s been one of the Bulldogs’ most consistent players.

The Storm are on the hunt for their next ‘Nicho Hynes’ and coach Craig Bellamy has identified Meaney — who can cover fullback, wing and centre — as their possible man.


The former junior Kiwi has interest from the Cowboys, Sharks and Dragons. It’s understood his preference is to stay at Belmore, but the club is yet to table him an offer.


Off-contract: Will Chambers, Josh Dugan, Mawene Hiroti, Shaun Johnson, Nene Macdonald, Billy Magoulias, Matt Moylan, Kyle Paterson, Aiden Tolman, Aaron Woods

Mid-season switch: Will Chambers (from rugby union)

Incoming for 2022: Nicho Hynes (from Storm), Cameron McInnes (from Dragons)

Question marks: Andrew Fifita


The superstar half was one of the big-name players to get the tap on the shoulder and told they won’t be offered a new deal with the Sharks.

Johnson has an incredibly impressive resume which includes 202 NRL games, 32 games for New Zealand and being crowned the Golden Boot winner in 2014. He helped his cause even more a couple of weeks ago when he slotted a matchwinning field goal.

Johnson has been linked to the Bulldogs, however the Rabbitohs have flown under the radar but may also swoop in on Johnson while taking the time to develop their up and coming halves.

The were reports suggesting Johnson’s asking price, around $800,000 per season, scared off clubs. However, the man himself has denied that he was expecting a deal that high.

Given how successful Johnson has been, you’d imagine he’ll get picked up by another NRL club. But regardless, it makes his situation very interesting to watch play out.


The veteran centre was informed by the club that his services won’t be needed next season. Dugan has played 215 NRL games over stints with the Raiders, Dragons and Sharks. He has also played 12 games for New South Wales and represented Australia 12 times.

The 31-year-old’s time at the Sharks has been hampered by injury, but this year, despite being fit he has been pushed out of the side due to the rise of the younger guys in the squad.

Dugan hasn’t really been linked to any NRL club, which could mean the Super League may be his next step. However, he has revealed he is open to a switch to rugby union.


Aaron Woods is the third member of the big-name trio that have been shown the door by Cronulla. He joined the Sharks in 2018 in a mid-season switch from the Bulldogs on a three-year deal said to be worth around $600,000 per season. However, the Bulldogs have been chipping in about half of that for all of his time in the Shire.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Manly have shown interest in Woods on a much lower deal.


The utility back survived the axe at the Sharks, meaning he will be re-signed — but it’s expected it will be on a lot less money. Moylan is said to be earning around the $800,000 mark this season.


Off-contract: Tanah Boyd, Anthony Don, Darius Farmer, Patrick Herbert, Sam McIntyre, Tyrone Peachey, Jonus Pearson, Mitch Rein, Sam Stone, Ashley Taylor, Jai Whitbread

Mid-season signing: Esan Marsters (from Cowboys)

Incoming in 2022: Paul Turner (from Titans)


Ever since Taylor signed a multimillion-dollar deal he’s found himself in the pressure cooker week after week. But the heat has turned up significantly this year with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old would be well aware that he’ll have to take a significant hair cut on his next contract but the problem is, there may not be much interest from rival clubs.

Unfortunately Taylor has battled a hip injury this season which has held him back to nine games. He returned a few weeks ago but hasn’t done anything just yet that will have clubs knocking on his door.


The off-contract utility is hitting some of his best form but it seems it’s not enough to earn a new deal with the Titans.

Peachey recently declared that he’d love to remain at the club but he hasn’t received any indication that the club feels the same way. In fact, the 29-year-old said the Titans “weren’t too convincing at keeping” him on the Gold Coast.

Given he can cover just about every position on the field except prop, Peachey will likely be snapped up by a rival club if he can continue with his current form.


Off-contract: Morgan Boyle, Lachlan Croker, Tevita Funa, Reuben Garrick, Jack Gosiewski, Brad Parker, Toafofoa Sipley, Curtis Sironen, Jorge Taufua, Dylan Walker

Question marks: Cade Cust


Prior to Round 15 it would have been safe to say Walker is on his way out of the Sea Eagles. But the 26-year-old’s performance in his side’s 56-24 thrashing of the Titans may have just earned him a new contract — or at the very least a chance to negotiate.

Walker had a forgettable start to the season. He had to fill the big shoes of Tom Trbojevic at fullback and looked completely out of his depth. Then just as Manly joined the winner’s circle, he suffered a hamstring injury that sidelined him for two months.

There was also an off-field incident hanging over his head, which he copped a one-match ban and $10,000 fine for.

Walker toldThe Sydney Morning Herald: “If I play good football, then (his contract situation) sorts itself out … show that I’m something for them to invest in.”

That good football was on show last Sunday.

In the 29 minutes he played, Walker ran for 84 metres, set up a try, had two tacklebusts, one linebreak and an offload.


As Manly start to get some troops back from the casualty ward, Cade Cust has fallen out of favour.

The 22-year-old started the season in NSW Cup and then was called up to play in Des Hasler’s first grade side until being dropped back to NSW Cup in Round 14.

There have been reports that Cust is injured due to not playing NRL or Cup last weekend, but that’s not the case. He travelled with the NRL side to the Gold Coast rather than playing reserve grade.

The Warriors are reportedly interested in acquiring his services and understands the Dragons have also reached out to his management to lure him to the club as a half — Cust’s preferred position.

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Off-contract: Dale Finucane, Ryley Jacks, Cooper Johns, Max King, Isaac Lumelume, Darryn Schonig

Mid-season signing: Tepai Moeroa (from rugby union)

Departing at end of 2021: Brenko Lee (to Broncos), Aaron Pene (to Warriors)

Incoming for 2022: Xavier Coates (from Broncos)

Question marks: Brandon Smith


Possibly one of the hottest names on the market right now is Dale Finucane. Melbourne are desperate to keep their workhorse co-captain but he may be lured away with a big-money deal.

Storm coach Craig Bellamy vowed the club will do “whatever we can” to keep him but conceded salary cap restrains may force an emotional goodbye.

The Australian’s Brent Read revealed on Triple M that the Broncos are very interested in the NSW Origin forward but were scared off by his manager’s four-year at $800,000 per season asking price. That request has reportedly dropped down to three years and at a lesser price.

It’s understood the Sharks are also interested in the 29-year-old.

Finucane confirmed to News Corp that he is after a three-year deal because he believes he has “a lot of good football ahead (of him).”

According to the Wide World of Spots’ The Mole, Finucane is expected to knock-back big offers to remain at the Storm.


How quickly things can change in rugby league. Last December the Storm confirmed that Smith had been “given approval to explore opportunities with other NRL clubs” for the 2022 season — the final year of his contract — so long as they receive a player of similar standard in return.

The reason behind his release request was simple. Smith wants to play exclusively at hooker and with the rise of Harry Grant in the last 12 months it had become clear he may be forced into the front row — or to the bench.

Given the shortage of quality No.9s in the game, Smith attracted interest immediately. The Bulldogs, Titans and Broncos all considered the 25-year-old. Bulldogs coach Trent Barrett even met up with Smith in Melbourne.

But in a turn of events, Smith declared last month: “I will be at the Melbourne Storm next year, 100 per cent. I can’t leave that contract… if (clubs) want to make an inquiry it is for 2023.”


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Off-contract: Phoenix Crossland, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Tex Hoy, Hymel Hunt, Brodie Jones, Josh King, Edrick Lee, Kurt Mann, Enari Tuala, Connor Watson

Mid-season signing: Jake Clifford (from Cowboys)

Departed mid-season: Blake Green (retired)

Question marks: Mitchell Pearce


Newcastle’s Mr. Fix It is off-contract at the end of the season and they may have a fight on their hands to keep him.

Watson joined the Knights in 2018 and has been one of their most consistent players. His ability to cover the halves, hooker, fullback and lock also make him a huge asset — especially throughout this season when the Knights have had to push through injuries to key players.

However, according to Wide World of Sports’ The Mole, the incoming Sharks coach is interested in luring Watson to the club next season.


Mitchell Pearce is signed with the Knights until the end of 2022 but there’s a rumour he may end up at the Sharks next year.

Cronulla have signed Nicho Hynes to play in the halves next year but Fitzgibbon is said to be on the look-out for an experienced playmaker to partner him.

With Shaun Johnson and Chad Townsend departing at the end of this season, Pearce has been linked to a move to the Shire.

The 32-year-old was hopeful of a new two-year deal with the Knights but instead signed a one-year extension in March on significantly less money than the $1,000,000 salary he’s currently earning.

Both Fitzgibbon and Knights coach Adam O’Brien have denied the story, however Fox League’s James Hooper said earlier this month the rumours “won’t go away.”


Off-contract: Jake Granville, Corey Jensen, Connelly Lemuelu, Justin O’Neill, Murray Taulagi, Shane Wright

Mid-season signing: Tom Dearden (from Broncos)

Lost mid-season: Josh McGuire (to Dragons), Esan Marsters (to Titans)

Incoming for 2022: Chad Townsend (from Sharks)


The veteran hooker has played 147 games for the Cowboys over the last seven years but this season could be his last.

The rise of Reece Robson at No.9 has pushed Granville back to the bench and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, his future is a little murky at the moment.

Granville told News Corp earlier this month that he hadn’t begun contract negotiations with the Cowboys yet but is solely focused on performing for his team each week right now.

“Hopefully (I can earn another contract), I enjoy it up here but I haven’t thought about it too much.,” Granville said.

“I’m just trying to focus on my role in the team and everything else will take care of itself then. It’s just footy focus at the moment.”


The Sharks halfback signed a three-year deal with the Cowboys back in April, to start in 2022. However, given Townsend has been dropped to NSW Cup, there’s every chance he may end up making the move to Townsville sooner than first expected.


Off-contract: Blake Ferguson, Sam Hughes, Joey Lussick, Michael Oldfield, Jordan Rankin, Will Smith, Ray Stone


The writing is on the wall for star winger Blake Ferguson. Earlier this season he was understood to be in the contention for a spot in Brad Fittler’s NSW side… then he was dropped to reserve grade by Eels coach Brad Arthur.

It’s never a good sign being axed from the NRL team, but given Ferguson is off-contract at the end of the season, the 31-year-old certainly has a fight on his hands to land an extension with the club.

It was reported earlier this season that the Eels had indicated to Ferguson wouldn’t be offered a new deal, however reported earlier this month that the club hasn’t completely ruled out re-signing the former Kangaroos winger on a cut-price deal just yet.

In an unexpected twist to Ferguson’s contract saga, Super Rugby team, the Western Force have confirmed interest in the out-of-favour winger.


Off-contract: Kurt Capewell, Robert Jennings, Mitch Kenny, Tyrone May, Jaeman Salmon, Scott Sorensen

Departing at end of 2021: Matt Burton, Brent Naden (both to Bulldogs)


Salary cap pressure is what could force star back-rower Kurt Capewell out the door but his rise in the last 12 months puts him in very good stead to land a new deal elsewhere.

News Corp reported earlier this month that the Broncos and Cowboys were in the race to sign the 27-year-old.

According to the report, the Broncos put to Capewell a two-year-offer, however it fell short of what he is currently earning at Penrith. Meanwhile the Cowboys also recently tabled a two-year offer to the State of Origin star.

Capewell’s manager confirmed the Broncos and Cowboys’ interest while also suggesting Capewell could also eventually end up the new Brisbane team in 2023.

“Kurt hasn’t finalised his future yet, the Cowboys and Broncos are still very much in the picture,” his manager Clinton Schifcofske told News Corp.

“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 (Cowboys coach) and Micheal Luck (head of football), they’ve conducted themselves really well so North Queensland are right in the mix.

“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.”

Strengthening the Cowboys’ chances, Capewell toured their facilities while up in Townsville for State of Origin I.


Penrith’s second choice hooker did a terrific job filling in while Apisai Koroisau was out injured earlier this year so we shouldn’t expect him to be off-contract for much longer.

Kenny has been linked to a move to the Bulldogs under Trent Barrett — who worked with him at the foot of the mountains last season.

Barrett has already lured former Panther Jack Hetherington to Belmore and joining him will be current Panthers Brent Naden and Matt Burton.

23-year-old Kenny is stuck behind Koroisau and could be tempted by the No.9 jersey elsewhere.


Off-contract: Braidon Burns, Joshua Cook, Troy Dargan, Dane Gagai, Brock Gardner, Dean Hawkins, Patrick Mago, Benji Marshall, Tautau Moga, Mark Nicholls, Jaydn Su’a

Departing at end of 2021: Adam Reynolds (to Broncos)


There were concerns that salary cap pressure would squeeze Dane Gagai out of the Rabbitohs, however Fox League’s James Hooper reported last month that the Maroons star will ink a new deal with the club.

Gagai has been linked to the Eels after they missed out on signing Kotoni Staggs and more recently, Broncos coach Kevin Walters confirmed to his interest in the 30-year-old.


Just when we thought we had seen the last of Benji Marshall in the NRL, Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett saved the day with a lifeline one-year offer for 2021.

The 36-year-old now finds himself back in that limbo position of what to do next.

Marshall started the year in stunning form but in recent weeks has had mixed performances.

The NRL veteran batted away interest from the Cowboys and turned down a lucrative Super League offer to remain in Sydney due to his partner being pregnant. Marshall and his wife recently welcomed their second child, so perhaps a move interstate or overseas won’t be out of the question this time… if South Sydney don’t lock him down for another year.


It seems Jaydn Su’A will be the victim of South Sydney’s salary cap squeeze with Wayne Bennett conceding the back-rower will likely be forced out.

“The reality is we can’t keep Jaydn under the salary cap,” Bennett told News Corp.

“We can’t fit him into the cap and Jaydn knows that, it’s something he has known for a while now so it’s not a shock to him.

However, it’s not all bad news for Su’A because Broncos coach Kevin Walters has confirmed to that he is interested in the 23-year-old.

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Off-contract: Gerard Beale, Billy Brittain, Matt Dufty, Kaide Ellis, Tyrell Fuimaono, Corey Norman, Jordan Pereira, Brayden Wiliame

Mid-season signing: Josh McGuire (from Cowboys), Gerard Beale (from Brisbane Tigers/Queensland Cup)

Departing at end of 2021: Cameron McInnes


The livewire’s future has dominated headlines ever since it emerged in May that the Dragons informed him he wouldn’t be offered an extension with the club.

Dufty was instantly linked to a move to the Raiders and even toured their facilities. It was said Ricky Stuart was interested in bringing him to the nation’s capital to play fullback and shifting Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad to the centres.

However, it’s understood the Raiders have backed off and now Super League club, St Helen’s reportedly is the frontrunner to sign him.


We can add Norman to the list of off-contract big-money stars looking for a new home after he was informed last week that the Dragons wouldn’t be offering him a new deal beyond this season.

It’s understood the club is instead going to invest in the exciting youngsters coming through like Talatau Amone who’s been playing off the bench for the Red V this season.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Dragons coach Anthony Griffin did want to keep the playmaker but he couldn’t get other decision-makers on board.

Norman told the Herald he has “no idea” where he will be next season but “can totally understand” the club’s call to push on with their up and coming players.


According to The Daily Telegraph, the Dragons winger is heading to the Broncos on a two-year deal starting next season.


Off-contract: Fletcher Baker, Egan Butcher, Drew Hutchison, Matt Ikuvalu, Isaac Liu, Josh Morris, Billy Smith, Daniel Tupou

Departed mid-season: Jake Friend, Brett Morris, Boyd Cordner (all retired)


Going off his current form the veteran centre could absolutely go round for another season, but you have to wonder whether his twin’s heartbreaking retirement off the back of an ACL injury will impact Morris’ decision.

The 35-year-old told before Round 1 this season that he’d make a decision “probably half way through the year.”

We’ve reached the halfway mark but haven’t heard a peep from Morris’ camp, or the Roosters. Perhaps that’s a sign that he’s really putting some thought into another season.

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Off-contract: Leeson Ah Mau, Tom Ale, Jackson Frei, Sean O’Sullivan

Departed mid-season: Ken Maumalo (to Tigers)

Mid-season signing: Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (from Bulldogs)

Incoming for 2022: Aaron Pene (from Storm)

Departing at end of 2021: Paul Turner (to Titans)


According to Stuff NZ, the club hasn’t decided on whether Leeson Ah Mau will be offered a new deal beyond 2021.

Ah Mau has 219 NRL games to his name, as well as 16 appearances for Samoa and nine for New Zealand but at 31-years old, the club is taking its time on this decision.

Stuff is reporting it’s the same situation for Ale, Frei and O’Sullivan.


Off-contract: Tom Amone, Michael Chee-Kam, Zac Cini, Thomas Mikaele, Russell Packer, Alex Seyfarth, Billy Walters

Mid-season signing: Ken Maumalo (from Warriors)

Incoming in 2022: Oliver Gildart, Jackson Hastings (both from Super League)

Question marks: Moses Mbye


Moses Mbye is in an incredibly unique position. He is contracted to the Wests Tigers until the end of 2022 on a deal said to be worth around the $950,000 per season mark.

However, it’s highly likely the 27-year-old won’t be at the club next season, not because the club is pushing him out — but because he believes he isn’t delivering adequate value for money.

Mbye joined the club in 2018 and hasn’t quite nailed down a home in the Tigers’ 17. He started the year off the bench and has now moved into the halves, but has previously been used in the centres and at fullback.

He told The Sydney Morning Herald that a club switch is “an avenue worth exploring” before the club then confirmed he had been granted permission to negotiate with rivals.

According to the Herald, the Dragons have expressed interest in him as a backline utility.


After Billy’s dad, Kevin, signed on as head coach of the Broncos, it didn’t take long for rumours to start circulating that the 27-year-old would make the move to Red Hill.

Channel 7 reported in February that the move was close to happening, however the Tigers confirmed to at the time that they would need a player in return to let him go.

Walters then revealed to in March that he had brought up the idea to the Tigers but was told the club needed him after letting Josh Reynolds and Benji Marshall go.

Since then there hasn’t been much chatter around Walters’ move to Brisbane… but that could change with his dad recently kicking off a roster overhaul at the Broncos.