Every club’s roster state of play, Dylan Brown, Eels, Kalyn Ponga, Knights, Jake Turpin, Broncos, off-contract

The NRL player market never sleeps with the pending addition of the Dolphins leaving all 16 current clubs scrambling to lock up their talent for 2023 and beyond.

Eels star Dylan Brown and Broncos hooker Jake Turpin lead the 2022 off-contract class, while Knights superstar Kalyn Ponga has player options in his contract as the Dolphins are reportedly going hard for his services.

Read on for the state of play for every NRL club’s off-contract stars in 2022.

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Off-contract 2022: Herbie Farnworth, Deloise Hoeter, Ryan James, Albert Kelly, Rhys Kennedy, David Mead, Corey Oates, Keenan Palasia, Jake Turpin, Billy Walters, Te Maire Martin

Re-signed: Patrick Carrigan (2024)

Signed with new club: Jamayne Isaako (Dolphins, 2025), Jesse Arthars (loan to Warriors, 2022)

Analysis: The Broncos beat the Dolphins to re-sign lock Patrick Carrigan until the end of 2024. It seems the club and Carrigan were able to reach an agreement after it was revealed in late-October that the 23-year-old knocked back an extension offer from Brisbane because it didn’t meet his asking price. Broncos’ football director, Ben Ikin, publicly declared the club “fight hard” for him amid interest from the Dolphins, who had got in touch with Carrigan’s management to say he was a “primary target.” The Broncos won the fight and locked in the young gun that’s been touted as a future captain. Meanwhile, Herbie Farnworth is one of the most exciting outside backs developing in the game and remarkably still hasn’t inked a deal for 2023 and beyond. That could change, with the Dolphins reportedly keeping a close eye on him. Veteran winger Corey Oates has taken up the option in his favour for 2022 but his future in 2023 and beyond remains uncertain and a reunion with Wayne Bennett at the Dolphins could be on the cards. However Oates wants to re-establish himself as an elite winger after his failed move to the back row, before deciding his next contract. There’s been a lot of movement from hookers, but Jake Turpin has snuck under the radar. The 25-year-old is still unsigned beyond next season, but with the Dolphins in need of a No.9, that could change, if the Broncos don’t lock him in quickly. As for the rest, the club will likely wait and see how they fare in the opening months of the competition before talking about extensions. Outside back Jesse Arthars has been loaned to the Warriors for 2022 and could seek a permanent move if the marriage works well, despite being contracted to the Broncos until the end of 2023.


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Jake Turpin remains unsigned beyond 2022.Source: Getty Images


Off-contract 2022: Adam Elliott, Matt Frawley, Corey Harawira-Naera, Corey Horsburgh, Tom Starling, Ryan Sutton, Sam Williams, Elijah Anderson, Ata Mariota

Signed with new club: Josh Hodgson (Eels, 2024)

Analysis: After months of speculation, Josh Hodgson’s future has been settled with the veteran hooker signing a two-year deal with the Eels, beginning in 2023. The 32-year-old was reportedly told by the Raiders in October that he is free to look elsewhere for an immediate move. The Wests Tigers jumped at the opportunity and a deal got close to getting down, however the two parties couldn’t strike an agreement on how much the Raiders would chip into Hodgson’s pay for 2022. The Tigers have since signed Api Koroisau. The Eels then entered the conversation amid their star No.9 Reed Mahoney signing with the Bulldogs. Canberra are now happy for Hodgson to see out the final year of his contract — and given there’s question marks over Tom Starling’s future it’s the logical thing to do too. The Raiders are ready to invest in Starling and did begin negotiations for an extension in October, around the same time they tapped Hodgson on the shoulder. However it seems the 23-year-old’s arrest over an alleged altercation has slowed the process down. As for Corey Harawira-Naera, Ryan Sutton and Corey Horsburgh, coach Ricky Stuart told The Canberra Times last month that the trio are “well and truly in the plans of the future of this club” however no extensions have been confirmed for them just yet. Adam Elliott has joined his new club for pre-season training and will have a point to prove in 2022. If he can keep his head down this season and stay out of trouble, his talent and effort will likely earn him an extension beyond 2022. Halfback Sam Williams will turn 31 early in the season and the excellent clubman will likely be a season to season proposition for Ricky Stuart. Nick Cotric completed his Raiders homecoming signing with the club on a three-year deal after his ill-fated switch to the Bulldogs lasted just one season.

Tom Starling’s future talks have stalled after his off-season arrest.Source: Getty Images

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Off-contract 2022: Matt Doorey, Matt Dufty, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Tuipolotu Katoa, Max King, Joe Stimson, Jackson Topine, Paul Vaughan, Brandon Wakeham, Jack Hetheringon (MO 2023), Jeremy Marshall-King (PO 2023)

Analysis: Two of the big-name Bulldogs off-contract at the end of 2022 are players in their first year at the club, former Dragons stars Matt Dufty and Paul Vaughan. Next season looms as make-or-break for 25-year-old Dufty with rival clubs showing little interest before he was given a one-year lifeline by the Bulldogs. So too for Vaughan who turns 32 in 2023 and his best years as an Origin star are behind him. How both players fare in 2022 will determine whether they are long-term players for the Bulldogs or just stopgap solutions. Raymond Faitala-Mariner has so much to offer but a serious foot injury hindered him to just two games last year. The good news is though football manager Phil Gould revealed recently that Faitala-Mariner is showing “promising signs” and that his recovery has been “much better” than a previous surgery on his foot. The 28-year-old is pencilled in for a Round 1 return and if he can stay injury-free the New Zealand and Samoan international will push for an extension. The Dogs will just have to hope a rival club doesn’t get to him first. Jack Hetherington and Jeremy Marshall-King’s futures are a little murky given the pair have options in their contracts. Marshall-King has all the power in his hands and given Reed Mahoney is joining the Bulldogs in 2023, he may opt out and go elsewhere. Meanwhile, Hetherington hasn’t got quite as much power. If he wants to remain at the club he’ll need to impress next season to ensure the feeling is mutual. John Asiata would have been on the off-contract list, however the club confirmed it had mutually parted ways with Asiata due to his decision not to get the Covid-19 vaccination. Nick Cotric has returned to the Raiders on a three-year deal ending his brief stint with the Bulldogs. Centre Reece Hoffman was released from the final year of his deal with the Tigers to ink a one-year deal with the Bulldogs in 2022.


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New Bulldogs fullback Matt Dufty is playing for his NRL future in 2022.Source: Supplied


Off-contract 2022: Jayden Berrell, Andrew Fifita, Wade Graham, Braden Hamlin-Uele, Mawene Hiroti, Royce Hunt, Matt Moylan, Briton Nikora, Franklin Pele, Jenson Taumoepeau (CO 2023), Jack Williams, Kade Dykes, Jonaiah Lualua, Jack Martin, Ryan Rivett

Re-signed: Blayke Brailey (2026)

Signed from 2023: Oregon Kaufusi (from Eels, 2024)

Signed with new club: Luke Metcalf (Warriors, 2024)

Analysis: The Sharks wasted no time in locking in Blayke Brailey amid the hooking merry-go-round that has been in full spin this off-season. Brailey inked a four-year extension at the start of December. The new deal not only settled Brailey’s future, it also put to bed speculation that Cameron McInnes’ arrival could squeeze him out. All eyes are now go to skipper Wade Graham and veteran prop Andrew Fifita. Graham will be 32-years old in 2023 and is coming off a season in which he played just 11 games due to repeated concussions. Provided he can get back on track and avoid further head knocks he is likely to sign an extension to finish his career at the Sharks. Fifita is coming off a concerning throat injury that forced doctors to put the 33-year-old in an induced coma. Before the injury the ex-Origin star was well below his best and spent some time in reserve grade. Unless Fifita can turn his form around, it’s unlikely the Sharks will re-sign him. He was linked to a move to the Super League earlier this year to join his brother, David, so perhaps that’s an avenue the Tongan star will go down if he has another year in him. Matt Moylan was the only member of Cronulla’s off-contract, big-name and big-money quartet to be re-signed for 2022. That shows the club has faith in him but a one-year deal suggests new coach Craig Fitzgibbon is waiting to see how he fares in 2022 before locking him in for any longer. There is a feel at the Sharks that a lot of players are playing for their futures in 2022 as Fitzgibbon looks to mould his squad in his vision. Jayden Berrell, Braden Hamlin-Uele, Mawene Hiroti, Royce Hunt and Jack Williams all need big seasons to convince Fitzgibbon they should be in his future plans. The same can be said for development players Kade Dykes, Jonaiah Lualua, Jack Martin and Ryan Rivett.

Wade Graham needs to put his concussion issues behind him to gain a new deal to finish his career at the Sharks.Source: Getty Images


Off-contract 2022: N/A

Signed from 2023: Jesse Bromwich (from Storm, 2025), Jamayne Isaako (from Broncos 2025), Felise Kaufusi (from Storm, 2025), Mark Nicholls (from Rabbitohs, 2024), Ray Stone (from Eels, 2024), Valynce Te Whare (2023), Michael Roberts (2023), Harrison Graham (2023)

Analysis: Wayne Bennett had a slow start to his recruitment drive to have a Dolphins side ready to hit the ground running in their inaugural season in 2023. However there is a feeling things could start to snowball in the coming months. Winger Jamayne Isaako was one of the first few big name signings after he was poached from cross-town rivals the Broncos on a three-year deal. New Zealand international Jesse Bromwich turns 34 in the Dolphins’ first season, but the Storm skipper is exactly the sort of player to drive standards at a new franchise, which is why Bennett targeted him and Melbourne teammate Felise Kaufusi. It remains to be seen how effective Bromwich can be on the field at that age, given he will be 36 when his contract ends. However at 29, Maroons’ Origin forward Kaufusi still has plenty of good footy left in him over the course of his three-year deal. Rabbitohs’ prop Mark Nicholls will join the club in 2023 after inking a two-year deal to play under his old coach Bennett. Eelst utility Ray Stone was also a shrewd signing from Bennett given his versatility. The Dolphins are reportedly interested in making a massive play for Knights and Maroons superstar Kalyn Ponga, but Newcastle won’t be giving up their star player without a fight. Origin star Cameron Munster has also been linked to a switch to the Dolphins, but if he can turn around his poor off-field behaviour, the Storm and Craig Bellamy are favourites to re-sign him. The Dolphins still have the majority of their 30-man roster to fill and plenty of money to spend, so any player without a deal beyond 2022 should and will be firmly on their radar as the season progresses.

Jesse Bromwich has inked a long-term deal with the Dolphins.Source: Getty Images


Off-contract 2022: Herman Ese’ese, Esan Marsters, Kevin Proctor, Will Smith (MO 2023), Corey Thompson (CO 2023), Jarrod Wallace, Aaron Booth, Shallin Fuller

Re-signed: Tino Fa’asuamaleaui (2026), Sam McIntyre (2024), Phillip Sami (2024),

Analysis: Not only did Tino Fa’asuamaleaui take up the option in his favour for 2023, but he also inked an extension to remain a Titan until the end of 2026. The Queensland State of Origin star had a tough decision to make with the Dolphins also chasing his signature but the potential of the Titans’ squad ultimately convinced him to recommit. Origin winger Phillip Sami and promising forward Sam McIntyre have also inked contract extensions until the end of 2024. Jarrod Wallace is an interesting situation and worth keeping an eye on. Wallace turns 32 in 2023, but is coming off a strong season that saw him score six tries in 25 games. Wallace has a connection with Wayne Bennett after he was coached by him at the Broncos — so he could end up at the Dolphins. Meanwhile, skipper Kevin Proctor is likely to retire after the 2022 season after signing a one-year extension earlier this year. Recruit Will Smith has a mutual option for 2023 after joining the Titans from the Eels and much will depend on how the utility fares in his first season on the Glitter strip. The Titans also have an option in their favour for winger Corey Thompson in 2023 so it remains to be seen if they will take that up, but if they don’t there will be no shortage of clubs looking to sign someone of his experience and reliability. He is exactly the sort of player that would help drive the Dolphins’ culture in the twilight of his career and he knows how to score tries.

Jarrod Wallace is looking to earn a new deal for 2023 potentially at the Dolphins.Source: Supplied


Off-contract 2022: Morgan Boyle, Andrew Davey, Sione Fainu, Kieran Foran, Jorge Taufua, Martin Taupau, Dylan Walker

Re-signed: Karl Lawton (2024), Tolutau Koula (2024), Ben Trbojevic (2023)

Analysis: The key players coming off-contract at the Sea Eagles are 200-plus-game veterans Kieran Foran and Marty Taupau, as well as Dylan Walker. Foran managed 25 games last season — the most he’s played since 2013 — and was rewarded with a one-year extension. The 31-year-old will likely finish his career at Manly, whether that be this season or after a new short-term deal. Whispers did emerge last month linking Foran to the Knights as a replacement for Mitchell Pearce, however Newcastle were quick to shut that rumour down. Given his age and injury history, the Sea Eagles will likely let next season play out before sitting down with Foran to discuss whether he has another year in him. With so much talk around other big-name players, Taupau has snuck under the radar, despite reportedly being tapped on the shoulder. According to multiple reports, Taupau, who is said to be earning close to $800,000 next season has been told he won’t be offered a new contract and the club is open to letting him go immediately if he can secure a long-term deal elsewhere. Walker is in an interesting position. The 27-year-old only signed a new deal for next season in November, but it was only for one year, meaning he can still negotiate with rivals for 2023. Cade Cust was originally in the off-contract list, but the utility has made an immediate move to the Super League. Veteran winger Jorge Taufua could be a handy pick-up for a rival club with his path to first grade currently blocked. Sione Fainu will look to earn a contract extension this season after earning a promotion to Manly’s top 30.

Marty Taupau is set for a move away from Manly.Source: Getty Images


Off-contract 2022: Kenny Bromwich (PO 2023), Tom Eisenhuth, Harry Grant (MO 2023), Dean Ieremia, George Jennings, Cooper Johns, Tui Kamikamica (CO 2023), Chris Lewis, Tepai Moeroa (MO 2023), Jayden Nikorima, Justin Olam (CO 2023), Bronson Garlick, Marion Seve

Re-signed: Christian Welch (2025), Reimis Smith (2024), Jordan Grant (2023), Jack Howarth (2027)

Signed with new club: Jesse Bromwich (Dolphins, 2025), Brandon Smith (Roosters, 2025), Felise Kaufusi (Dolphins, 2025), Isaac Lumelume (Bulldogs, TBC)

Analysis: Star hooker Brandon Smith dominated the headlines ever since he could begin negotiating with rivals on November 1. The 25-year-old toured the facilities of the Cowboys, Titans and Dolphins before inking a three-year deal with the Roosters. Felise Kaufusi’s future has been settled with the Queensland State of Origin star inking a deal to becoming the Dolphins’ first NRL signing. But in a big coup for the Storm, Christian Welch re-signed, as did emerging forward Jordan Grant. However Jesse Bromwich followed Kaufusi out the door and will start a three-year deal with the Dolphins in 2023. Isaac Lumelume’s contract was due to expire at the end of last season, however he was granted an early release, with the club citing family reasons. The rookie winger has since been spotted training with the Bulldogs, however there has been no official announcement on a deal for him. Meanwhile, the club’s long-term hooking option, Harry Grant, has reportedly taken up the option in his favour for 2023, but the club has not confirmed it with no official announcement from the Storm just yet. Boom centre Reimis Smith recently inked a two-year extension with the club that will take him through until the end of 2024. Kenny Bromwich has an option in his favour for 2023 and it’s hard to see him not taking that up considering he’s played his entire career for the Storm. Tui Kamicamica and Justin Olam both have an option in the club’s favour for 2023. There’s next to no hance of the club not activating that option to hang onto Dally M Centre of the Year, Olam, however there’s a lot of uncertainty around Kamikamica. The prop was stood down in November after he was charged by Queensland Police over an alleged assault of a woman. Jumping ahead another season, Melbourne’s gun halfback Jahrome Hughes informed the club he won’t be taking up the option in his favour for 2024. The Dolphins are circling Hughes, however his manager has explained he’s hoping a new long-term deal can be negotiated with the Storm. Rookie Jack Howarth signed a monster five-year deal recently tying him to the club until 2027.

Harry Grant and the Storm have a mutual option for 2023.Source: Getty Images


Off-contract 2022: Phoenix Crossland, Lachlan Fitzgibbon (PO 2023), Tyson Frizell (PO 2023), Jacob Kiraz, Jirah Momoisea, Brayden Musgrove, Kalyn Ponga (PO 2023 and 2024), Simi Sasagi, Pasami Saulo, Sauaso Sue, Leo Thompson

Signed with new club: Mitchell Pearce (Catalans, 2024)

Analysis: Mitchell Pearce has been scratched from the off-contract list after the Knights granted the veteran halfback’s release request so he could join French Super League club, Catalans Dragons, effective immediately. All the attention now turns to Kalyn Ponga, who is in an interesting situation. The 23-year-old has options in his favour for 2023 and 2024, however there’s another level to the clauses. It’s been reported that he has until June 1 to knock back the option for 2023 (and void 2024’s option). But Ponga can also leave the Knights if they win a premiership. Essentially if Newcastle win the 2022 premiership, the superstar fullback can pack his bags — but he must give the club a month’s notice. The NRL’s 17th team, the Dolphins, are keeping a close eye on the situation and are said to be keen on signing Ponga as their marquee man. The Dolphins are reportedly prepared to table a lucrative $1.4 million-per season offer to Ponga, which would make him the highest-paid player in the game. Tyson Frizell was once a State of Origin star but had a dip in form last year, as well as an injury which kept him sidelined for a month. The 30-year-old is likely to take up the his player option for 2023. Fellow back-rower Lachlan Fitzgibbon would also be wise to take up his option for 2023 given he has struggled with injuries and form in recent seasons. Phoenix Crossland is one of the contenders to replace Pearce in the halves, but needs to finally deliver on his promise this season after recently inking a one-year extension for 2022 only.

The Knights have a fight on their hands to keep Kalyn Ponga away from the Dolphins.Source: Getty Images


Off-contract 2022: Daejarn Asi, Kane Bradley, Lachlan Burr, Mitchell Dunn, Brendan Elliot, Tom Gilbert, Jake Granville (CO 2023), Ben Hampton, Connelly Lemuelu, Heilum Luki, Jordan McLean, Jeremiah Nanai, Emry Pere, Tyreece Woods

Re-signed: Reuben Cotter (2025)

Analysis: Former Kangaroos prop Jordan McLean has signed on for 2022 but is up for grabs for 2023. The 30-year-old forward is in his twilight years now so the Cowboys will likely wait until next season to make a call on his future. North Queensland also have a decision to make on Jake Granville, who turned back the clock this year to be the ultimate Mr. Fix It — we even got see the 32-year-old carve up at fullback. Given his utility value and experience, it’s hard to see the Cowboys rejecting the option. The Cowboys were quick to lock in Reuben Cotter before any rivals could pounced. The 22-year-old is a promising hooker that has transitioned into a lock, however he’s stuck behind Reece Robson and Jason Taumalolo. Regardless, coach Todd Payten sees him as an important part of the squad and re-signed him on a three-year deal. The club could lose young gun second-rowers, Jeremiah Nanai and Heilum Luki. The Wests Tigers have reportedly made a play for Nanai after they lost Luciani Leilua to the Cowboys. The club has tabled a two-year offer at $300,000-per-season to the 18-year-old. The Cowboys are said to be keen on bringing Leilua to the club for 2022, so the Tigers’ interest in Nanai could trigger an immediate swap. Meanwhile, Luki is reportedly on the Knights’ radar after an impressive rookie season for the Cowboys. With 14 players coming off-contract this season one thing is clear, the Cowboys are headed for a clean-out unless some of their underperforming players can drastically improve the side’s fortunes after their 15th place finish last season. The Cowboys recently announced the signing of journeyman Brendan Elliot on a one-year deal for the 2022 season.

Jordan McLean needs a big season to earn a new deal.Source: Getty Images


Off-contract 2022: Dylan Brown (PO 2023), Wiremu Greig, Ryan Matterson, Solomone Naiduki, Tom Opacic, Hayze Perham, Mitch Rein, Maika Sivo (PO 2023)

Re-signed: Clint Gutherson (2025), Reagan Campbell-Gillard (2025), Junior Paulo (2026), Haze Dunster (2025), Jakob Arthur (2023)

Signed with new club: Reed Mahoney (Bulldogs, 2026), Isaiah Papali’i (Tigers, 2025), Marate Niukore (Warriors, 2026), Oregon Kaufusi (Sharks, 2024), Ray Stone (Dolphins 2024)

Retirement: Keegan Hipgrave

Analysis: The Eels are staring at a major roster reshuffle after the 2022 season. Prior to November 1, the Eels had a staggering 17 players either coming off contract at the end of 2022 or that had option clauses in their contracts. The good news is that skipper Clint Gutherson and the club finally agreed to terms and he inked a three-year extension. Prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard is also staying put despite the bombshell he dropped on the Eels in October. The 28-year-old informed the club he wouldn’t be taking up the options in his favour for 2023 and 2024, with his manager confirming Campbell-Gillard wanted to test his value on the market. Perhaps the star prop didn’t get the level of interest he was hoping for because he ended up re-signing with the Eels on a three-year deal. Junior Paulo shunned offers from other clubs to sign a four-year extension with the Eels in a major boost after the club lost three key forwards to rivals. Utility forward Marata Niukore was the first of the high profile off-contract stars to sign elsewhere when he inked a four-year deal with the Warriors in early November. Boom back-rower Isaiah Papali’i — a member of the Dally M Team of the Year — rejected Parramatta’s offer and was the next player to defect, signing with the Wests Tigers on a deal said to be worth $600,000 per season. Hooker Reed Mahoney signed a lucrative four-year deal with the Bulldogs after being low-balled by the Eels. Raiders hooker Josh Hodgson will be a handy replacement for Mahoney after signing a two-year deal with the Eels from 2023, but he is definitely at the opposite end of his career to the Maroons’ Origin hopeful. Forward Oregon Kaufusi will play his last season for the Eels in 2022 after inking a two-year deal with the Sharks from 2023. Meanwhile, Ray Stone, although not a big name, was another blow to the Eels’ retention efforts with the utility signing a two-year deal with the Dolphins. Winger Maika Sivo is reportedly considering rejecting the option in his favour as there’s some interest from overseas rugby union teams, while Keegan Hipgrave announced his immediate retirement in November, despite having another year to go on his contract. There’s big question marks hanging over the future of Ryan Matterson with the Eels facing a salary cap squeeze and they are yet to offer him a new deal. Boom five-eighth Dylan Brown was linked to the Raiders and Warriors, but those clubs signing Jamal Fogarty and Luke Metcalf respectively put those rumours to bed and he is likely to re-sign when the club makes a suitable offer. However there will be no shortage of clubs lining up for Brown’s services if he doesn’t get the deal he is after.

Dylan Brown has a player option for 2023.Source: Getty Images


Off-contract 2022: Eddie Blacker, Christian Crichton, Matthew Eisenhuth, Kurt Falls, J’maine Hopgood, Robert Jennings, Taylan May, Sean O’Sullivan, Lindsay Smith, Jaeman Salmon, Chris Smith, Preston Riki, Sunia Turuva

Re-signed: Dylan Edwards (2024), Mitch Kenny (2024)

Signed with a new club: Viliame Kikau (Bulldogs 2026), Api Koroisau (Wests Tigers 2025)

Analysis: Just like the Eels, a lot has changed in the off-season at the foot of the mountains too. Star back-rower Viliame Kikau had been linked to the Cowboys and Dragons, but the Bulldogs swooped in and signed him on a four-year deal said to be worth a cool $800,000-per-season. Kikau’s dealings with the Bulldogs were very hush-hush until a photo was leaked of him posing with coach Trent Barrett and football manager Phil Gould in a Bulldogs polo. The club has since confirmed the four-year deal. Dual premiership winning hooker Api Koroisau has inked a three-year with the Wests Tigers, starting in 2023. The Tigers recently proposed a swap deal to the Panthers in a bid to lure the star hooker to Concord early, but Penrith rejected the proposal. With the club losing the battle to retain Kikau and Koroisau, the focus switched to fullback Dylan Edwards, who put pen to paper on a two-year extension in January that will take him through to the end of 2024. The Panthers also extended back-up hooker Mitch Kenny until 2024 in a bid to sure up their hooker stocks after Koroisau’s departure. The Panthers have a number of promising youngsters coming off-contract in 2022 and premiership sides always struggle to stay together so watch for rivals to make a play for some of their up and coming talent.

Dylan Edwards recently signed an extension with the Panthers.Source: Getty Images


Off-contract 2022: Daniel Alvaro, Jack Bird, Billy Burns, Poasa Faamausili, Jackson Ford, Jack Gosiewski, Blake Lawrie, Josh McGuire, Tautau Moga, Tariq Sims, Aaron Woods (PO 2023), Shalom O’Ofou, Jonathon Reuben

Re-signed: Tyrell Sloan (2024), Mat Feagai (2024), Max Feagai (2024), Jayden Sullivan (2025)

Analysis: One player that will be actively searching for a new deal for 2023 is Tariq Sims after the Dragons informed the NSW Origin star that they won’t offer him a new deal. In fact, at first the 31-year-old was told he’s free to leave immediately if he secures a long-term deal elsewhere, but the club has reportedly changed its stance and wants Sims to see out the final year of his contract. Sims is said to be earning around the $600,000 mark next season, but he may have to accept a hair cut. The 203-game veteran has been previously linked to the Tigers, Roosters, Storm, Cowboys, Broncos, Rabbitohs and Panthers, as well as some Super League clubs. But most recently it was reported the Eels have “genuine interest” in him as they make plans to replace their three departing forwards. Centre come back-rower Jack Bird is coming off a resurgence in 2021 following two injury-ravaged seasons at the Broncos and he was Anthony Griffin’s ‘Mr Fix It’ this year. It’s understood the club is in talks with Bird over an extension, but there’s rumours the Dolphins could be keeping a close eye on the 26-year-old’s situation given he has a good relationship with coach Wayne Bennett. New recruits Tautau Moga and Jack Gosiewski will have to prove themselves before an extension is even discussed, while Aaron Woods has a player option in his favour for another season in the Red V. The Dragons have locked up star fullback Tyrell Sloan after promoting him to the top 30 on a three-year deal that expires in 2024. The club has locked in their future by re-signing outside backs Mat and Max Feagai as well as playmaker Jayden Sullivan.

The Dragons are trying to extend Jack Bird’s deal for 2023 and beyond.Source: Getty Images


Off-contract 2022: Zane Bijorac, Michael Chee-Kam, Josh Mansour, Taane Milne, Jaxson Paulo, Isaiah Tass

Re-signed: Cody Walker (2023), Alex Johnston (2025)

Signed with a new club: Mark Nicholls (Dolphins, 2024)

Analysis: The Rabbitohs weren’t going to risk losing their stars to big-money offers so swiftly locked in try-scoring machine Alex Johnston back in October and then announced five-eighth Cody Walker’s one-year extension on November 1 — the day the feeding frenzy could begin. Prop Mark Nicholls will be reunited with former coach Wayne Bennett when he joins the Dolphins in 2023, but not before one final season in red and green. The recruitment and retention team will now likely turn their attention to gun winger Jaxson Paulo, while the club is tipped to hold off on Josh Mansour to see how the veteran fares in 2022 after his 2021 season was hampered by injuries. Anthony Milford’s Rabbitohs career looks over before it begun with the NRL refusing to rubberstamp his contract. The playmaker inked a one-year deal with the Bunnies but the NRL won’t register the contract until criminal proceedings regarding an alleged assault are complete, hence why he’s not on the Rabbitohs’ official roster. Milford is reportedly due in court in mid-February, so there’s question marks over his upcoming season, let alone what he does beyond 2022. Milford has been linked with the Knights in 2022 and the Dolphins in 2023, but he won’t get a gig anywhere unless he can resolve his court matters without a conviction. Outside back Taane Milne and new recruit Michael Chee-Kam will be playing for their futures at the Bunnies but if they are squeezed out there are a number of NRL rivals that would be interested in their services.

Souths want winger Jaxson Paulo to stay beyond 2022.Source: Getty Images


Off-contract 2022: Angus Crichton, Moafa Graham-Taufa, Adam Keighran (CO 2023), Lachlan Lam, Freddy Lussick, Ben Marschke, Kevin Naiqama, Joseph Suaalii (PO 2023, 2024), Daniel Suluka-Fifita, Siosiua Taukeiaho, Ben Thomas, Tuku Hau Tapuha, Ronald Volkman

Re-signed: Joseph Manu (2024)

Analysis: The Roosters pulled off an absolutely brilliant coup in re-signing superstar centre Joey Manu. The Kiwi international was being chased by the Warriors, who were said to be willing to pay him $1 million per season. However Manu chose to recommit to the club he’s won two premierships at. By all reports Angus Crichton has inked a two-year extension with the Roosters, however the club is yet to officially confirm it. Crichton has been linked to a move to rugby union in the past in time for the 2023 World Cup. The other big name coming off contract is Siosiua Taukeiaho, who will turn 31 in 2023. A rumour linking him to a Super League move emerged in July and now Tauekiaho has reportedly agreed to join French Super League club Catalans Dragons on a two-year deal. Meanwhile, teen sensation Joseph Suaalii will likely activate the option in his favour for 2023 after the Roosters’ support and guidance throughout his rookie season and he also has an option in his favour for 2024. It will be interesting to see how Kevin Naiqama fares in his return to the NRL as he aims for a potential contract extension in 2023 at the Roosters or a switch to an NRL rival if he can have a big season. Off-contract hooker options Lachlan Lam, Freddy Lussick and Ben Marschke need big seasons to push their case for contracts with the Roosters or rival teams with Brandan Smith to arrive in 2023. Lam has been linked with a move to the Super League to meet up with his dad Adrian at Leigh Centurions.

Angus Crichton is tipped to extend with the Roosters.Source: Supplied


Off-contract 2022: Chanel Harris-Tavita, Matt Lodge (PO 2023), Marcelo Montoya, Jack Murchie, Kodi Nikorima, Iliesa Ratuva, Pride Petterson-Robati, Ash Taylor, Lleyton Finau

Re-signed: Addin Fonua-Blake (2026), Ash Taylor (2022), Wayde Egan (2024)

Analysis: The key Warriors players off-contract in 2022 are playmakers Chanel Harris-TavitaAsh Taylor and Kodi Nikorima with the trio facing a shootout to remain at the Warriors long-term. Harris-Tavita was once seen as a long-term option in the halves, but Shaun Johnson’s return and Taylor’s upgrade from a train-and-trial to a full-time contract in 2022, as well as the signing of rookie Luke Metcalf for 2023 has his future under a dark cloud. It was confirmed in late-October that the 22-year-old’s manager would be shopping him around given the Warriors had not offered a new deal for 2023 and beyond. It comes after it was reported in September that the Warriors plan on giving Harris-Tavita up to a dozen games in the halves alongside Johnson before making a call on his future. Nikorima’s future is also up in the air with the club also not making any moves on an extension for the 27-year-old. By the back end of last season Nikorima had been bumped to the bench and was 18th man for the last game of the year. There have been rumours that the playmaker is keen on signing with a Queensland club to stay close to home. The Warriors will be based in Redcliffe for the first half of the season before making their long-awaited return to New Zealand in June. Taylor has been linked to a reunion with former Broncos coach Wayne Bennett at the Dolphins if he can put his recent run of injuries and poor form behind him. Former Manly prop Addin Fonua-Blake recently inked a three-year contract extension that will see him at the club until the end of 2026. Meanwhile prop Matt Lodge has the option in his favour for 2023 and if he does choose to take it up he’ll most likely have to accept a hefty haircut given 2022 is the final year the Broncos will be chipping into his salary. Winger Marcelo Montoya could also be on the move as he enters the final year of his deal since switching from the Bulldogs in 2021.

Chanel Harris-Tavita needs a big season to earn a new deal at the Warriors and he has some stiff competition in Ash Taylor.Source: Getty Images


Off-contract 2022: Luke Garner, William Kei, Jock Madden, Thomas Mikaele, Joe Ofahengaue (MO 2023), Tommy Talau, James Tamou, Kelma Tuilagi, Henry O’Kane, Brandon Tumeth

Re-signed: Alex Tawl (2024), Stefano Utoikamanu (2025)

Signed with new club: Luciano Leilua (Cowboys, 2025), Reece Hoffman (Bulldogs, 2022).

Analysis: Back-rower Luciano Leilua is coming off his best NRL season and has been rewarded with a lucrative deal to join the Cowboys. The deal begins in 2023, however the Cowboys are reportedly keen on luring him to Townsville immediately. It’s understood the Tigers won’t let Leilua go unless they can get one of the Cowboys’ young guns, Jeremiah Nanai or Heilum Luki, in return, but the Cowboys aren’t willing to accommodate that request. So it looks like Leilua will stay put in Concord for 2022. Boom prop Stefano Utoikamanu was already signed until 2023 but recently inked a two-year extension through until the end of 2025. Skipper James Tamou will be 33-years old before next season even kicks off and may opt to retire after a quiet first year for the club. Back-rower Luke Garner had been linked to a move to Manly, but the whispers around that switch have died down. There’s also been reports claiming the 26-year-old second-rower has been shopped to several Super League clubs. The club locked in fan favourite Alex Twal on a two-year extension in November. Former Origin star Joe Ofahengaue, who has a mutual option and young gun’s Thomas Mikaele and Tommy Talau would attract plenty of interest from rivals if they Tigers choose not to lock them up.

Joe Ofahengaue has a mutual option for 2023.Source: Getty Images

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