Dale Finucane admits he could be forced out of the Melbourne Storm due to salary cap pressures.
The 29-year-old has yet to receive a contract extension offer from the Storm with NRL.com reporting the Dragons, Titans, Bulldogs and Cowboys have all positioned themselves for a crack at the forward.
The Storm have a juggling act on their hands with bumper extensions for Ryan Papenhuyzen and Harry Grant the top priority.
Finucane told NRL.com he was currently “considering all options,”
“I had that preliminary conversation at the beginning of the year in regards to the club wanting to keep me here,” he said.
“But there obviously are some salary cap issues. It’s something I would like to have sorted as soon as possible.
“I’ve had some conversations with some other clubs. I’ve spoke to a few people at other clubs. But as it is at the moment I haven’t had a term or monetary figure.
“It is certainly a juggling act. What the club’s done for me and on the flip side of that, every club does have a salary cap.”
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Titans target former Raiders star
Former Raiders star Blake Austin could soon be back in the NRL with the Gold Coast Titans reportedly emerging as the frontrunner to sign him.
Austin played 88 games for the Green Machine before moving to the Super League in 2018 where he has been playing for Warrington Wolves.
The 30-year-old is off contract at the end of the season and according to League Express has been identified by Titans coach Justin Holbrook as an option to bolster their playmaker stocks.
Ash Taylor is so far without a deal for 2022 while the Titans also have Jamal Fogarty, Tanah Boyd and Toby Sexton on their books.
Austin has found himself out of favour with coach Steve Price, playing just five Super League matches this season.
Dufty’s Dragons future on shaky ground after injury
Matt Dufty’s chances of earning a new Dragons deal could hinge on Cody Ramsey’s switch to fullback.
The 25-year-old was injured during the Dragons clash with the Storm in Magic Round and now faces an indefinite stint on the sidelines
While Anthony Griffin shifted Jack Bird to fullback following Dufty’s injury, it is Ramsey who will be given a chance to impress in the No.1 jersey moving forward.
“I think it is a good opportunity and it is good for the club to see what we have got in Cody Ramsey,” St George Illawarra captain Ben Hunt said this week.
“He trained a lot there during the pre-season, and played a bit in trial games and had flashes of excitement, so I think it is a good opportunity to really see what he has got.”
According to NRL.com, Ramsey’s preference is the fullback position while the Dragons also have young gun Tyrell Sloan coming through.
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Dufty revealed last month that negotiations over a new deal were “touch and go” so the injury could not have come at a worse time.
Griffin has previously indicated he wanted to see more from his fullback before making a decision on his future.
“He’s good, he’s been improving (but) he needs to,” Griffin said after the win over Parramatta.
“He’s a really good kid and he’s learning the fine arts of playing fullback in tight football games, like he did tonight.
“He needs to keep improving to unlock his potential.
“That’s the challenge with a lot of us. He’s always been great with the ball, that’s never been a question, it’s about mastering his craft as a fullback at this level.
Dufty has been touted as a possible target for the Broncos should they fail in their bid to land Nicho Hynes from the Melbourne Storm.
Originally published asStorm captain reveals surprise contract snub
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